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A summer reading initiative from Reading Rockets

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Great Fiction & Nonfiction Books

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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¡Pío Peep!: Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes

By: Alma Flor Ada, Isabel Campoy

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Rhymes from Spanish speaking countries are presented in Spanish and recreated in English to form...

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A Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play

By: Marilyn Singer

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Bright illustrations accompany lively poems that celebrate children's imaginations and...

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Animal Ark: Celebrating our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures

By: Kwame Alexander

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A howling wolf, a stalking tiger, a playful panda, a dancing bird — pairing the beautiful...

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Around the World on Eighty Legs

By: Amy Gibson

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Silly poems introduce real animals from around the world. The lively language and accompanying...

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Arroz con Leche

By: Lulu Delacre

Age Level: 3-6 years old

These traditional rhymes and songs from Latin America are presented in both English and Spanish...

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Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems

By: Paul Janeczko

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Seasons are celebrated from spring when "Rain beats down,/roots stretch up…" to a cold winter night...

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Guess Who, Haiku

By: Deanna Caswell

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Short, evocative poems – haiku – present clues about familiar animals. With a turn of the page...

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Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?

By: Rita Gray

Age Level: 3-6 years old

As two children take a walk, they observe and listen to the call of familiar birds – a mourning...

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Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons

By: Jon Muth

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A series of 26 poems, all haiku, mark each of the four seasons starting with autumn while...

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How Far Do You Love Me?

By: Lulu Delacre

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A warm portrait of universal parental love begins on a beach when a boy asks his mother, "How far...

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Jumping Off Library Shelves

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins

Age Level: 3-6 years old

What do books and libraries mean to readers young or old? Fifteen poems pay tribute to just that...

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Max & Ruby's Treasure Hunt

By: Rosemary Wells

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Rain spoils Max and Ruby (and friends) outdoor plans but their clever grandmother's treasure hunt...

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Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes

By: Elizabeth Hammill

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Nursery rhymes from around the globe are collected here with illustrations by more than 70...

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Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People

By: Monica Brown

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Neftali always loved nature and words. This fondness allowed Neftali — better known as Pablo...

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Rhymes Round the World

By: Kay Chorao

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Children everywhere enjoy similar things, celebrated here in rhymes from around the world. Some are...

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Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes

By: Roseanne Thong

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Circles, squares, triangles, ovals and stars are all around! The rhyming text incorporates Spanish...

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Sing a Song of Popcorn: Every Child's Book of Poems

By: Beatrice Shenk De Regniers

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Illustrations by nine Caldecott Medal artists are as varied in style and tone as the poems in...

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Sports! Sports! Sports! A Poetry Collection

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Can a poem capture the excitement, exhilaration, or anguish of defeat when playing sports? The...

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Stripes of All Types

By: Susan Stockdale

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Stripes are found in nature in a variety of flora and fauna in many habitats. From exotic to...

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There Was a Tree

By: Rachel Isadora

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Textured borders contain each double-page illustration which places the familiar cumulative song on...

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Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems

By: Kristine George

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Share the sights, sounds, smells, and humor of a family camping trip through this collection of...

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Weather: Poems for All Seasons

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins

Age Level: 3-6 years old

From the catchy nonsense of X. J. Kennedy's 'Snowflake Souffle' to the simple, surprising imagery...

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You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together

By: Mary Ann Hoberman

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Rhyming tales written for two voices makes an ideal — and humorous — introduction to...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk: A Forest of Poems

By: Deborah Ruddell

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A range of forest inhabitants are presented imaginatively in a variety of poetic styles. From the "...

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All the World a Poem

By: Gilles Tibo

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Poetry comes in many forms; some rhymes, some doesn’t. Inspiration comes from many places, too...

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And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon

By: Janet Stevens, Susan Stevens Crummel

Age Level: 6-9 years old

What would happen if the dish and the spoon (of "hey diddle diddle" fame) ran away and...

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At the Sea Floor Cafe: Odd Ocean Critter Poems

By: Leslie Bulion

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Poems introduce sea creatures and their habitats using different poetic forms (e.g., concrete,...

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BookSpeak! Poems about Books

By: Laura Salas

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Sophisticated readers will appreciate the themes of the poems presented in this large, attractively...

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Bronzeville Boys and Girls

By: Gwendolyn Brooks

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This collection of poems, first published in 1956, reveals the heroes we see in our everyday...

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Cricket in the Thicket: Poems about Bugs

By: Carol Murray

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Short poems present a range of familiar insects from crickets to Monarch butterflies. Each is...

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Dear Hot Dog

By: Mordicai Gerstein

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Engaging poems combine with lighthearted illustrations to celebrate the stuff of which a child...

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Flutter and Hum: Animal Poems/Aleteo y Zumbido: Poemas de Animales

By: Julie Paschkis

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Short poems about animals appear in English and Spanish accompanied by textured illustrations...

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Foot in the Mouth: Poems to Speak, Sing, and Shout

By: Paul Janeczko

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The team who created A Kick in the Head (2005) presents another appealing collection of...

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Fresh Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market

By: Michelle Schaub

Age Level: 6-9 years old

As the weather warms farmers’ markets begin to open. Celebrate the start of the season through...

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From the Bellybutton of the Moon and other Summer Poems/Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano

By: Francisco Alarcón

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The poet remembers summers growing up in Mexico in poems presented in both English and Spanish....

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Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys

By: Bob Raczka

Age Level: 6-9 years old

If you thought that haiku was a staid poetic form, then you haven't come across this...

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Hailstones and Halibut Bones: Adventures in Color

By: Mary O'Neill

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Evocative poems explore a rainbow of color and emotion in vivid language, satisfying rhythm, and...

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Harlem

By: Walter Dean Myers

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Experienced readers will enjoy this stunning and sophisticated visit to Harlem in word and image...

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I've Lost My Hippopotamus

By: Jack Prelutsky

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Humorous, sometimes slightly gross, always kid-friendly poems are accompanied by lighthearted...

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Knock on Wood: Poems about Superstitions

By: Janet Wong

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Original poems combine with stunning illustrations reminiscent of folk art, to explore...

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Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word

By: Bob Raczka

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A short poem made from the word "Lemonade," is difficult to read with letters dropped...

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Let's Celebrate: Festival Poems from Around the World

By: Debjani Chatterjee , Brian D'Arcy

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Animated illustrations and a variety of poems from around the world celebrate well and lesser known...

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Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse

By: Marilyn Singer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Everyone knows that there are two sides to every story. Read a cleverly illustrated poem one way...

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Monumental Verses

By: J. Patrick Lewis

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Stunning color photographs and poems combine to pay homage to some of the "world's enduring man-...

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Ocean Soup: Tide-Pool Poems

By: Stephen Swinburne

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Meet a sea anemone, sea urchin, a sculpin and other inhabitants of a tide pool through poems (in...

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Out of This World: Poems and Facts About Space

By: Amy Sklansky

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Poems combine with information and evocative illustrations to create a sense of wonder about space...

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Princess Tales: Once Upon a Time in Rhyme with Seek-and-Find Pictures

By: Grace Maccarone

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Ten princess tales are retold in verse accompanied by highly detailed illustrations that encourage...

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Summersaults

By: Douglas Florian

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Short poems and child-like illustrations framed on brilliantly white pages capture the splendor...

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Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo

By: Linda Sue Park

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Like haiku, sijo — a little known, brief poetic form from Korea — looks at everyday...

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The Dream Keeper and Other Poems

By: Langston Hughes, Brian Pinkney

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The great American poet Langston Hughes chose the poems in this classic collection, originally...

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The Great Migration: Journey to the North

By: Eloise Greenfield

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Between 1915 and 1930, more than a million African Americans moved to the North including the...

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The Year Comes Round: Haiku through the Seasons

By: Sid Farrar

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The seasons of a year are presented in realistic illustrations and thoughtful, evocative haikus. A...

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Under the Sunday Tree

By: Eloise Greenfield

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Poetry and vibrant paintings in the primitive style by a recognized Bahamian artist create...

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Water Rolls, Water Rises/El agua rueda, el agua sube

By: Pat Mora

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Evocative watercolors and short, lyrical poems take readers on a trip, “Around our round world”...

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Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems

By: Kate Coombs

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Translucent watercolors and short, varied poems take readers on a trip to the sea. There they...

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When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons

By: Julie Fogliano

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Short poems and gentle illustrations present seasons almost as a journal. Each entry captures...

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Wing Nuts: Screwy Haiku

By: Paul Janeczko , J. Patrick Lewis

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Sophisticated readers will appreciate the sly humor and wordplay in the "kissin' cousin of haiku."...

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Won Ton and Chopstick: A Cat and Dog Tale Told in Haiku

By: Lee Wardlaw

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Won Ton the cat is back with a new arrival: a puppy! How the adult cat and small dog get on – or...

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World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You've Never Heard Of

By: J. Patrick Lewis

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Unique observances for everything from rats to limericks are celebrated in a variety of poems and...

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Age Level: 9-12 years old

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Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics

By: Margarita Engle

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Lyrical poems introduce a “variety of amazing people …” including Pura Belpre became a New York...

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Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life

By: Ashley Bryan

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Original documents from an early 19th century Southern estate that appraised enslaved Africans...

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Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies

By: Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton

Age Level: 9-12 years old

A range of poetic styles, some rooted in the authors' family, are shared in this handsome, easily...

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Lives: Poems About Famous Americans

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Well-known figures in American history are presented by diverse poets in a range of styles,...

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Miss Emily

By: Burleigh Muten

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Young Mac introduces readers to Miss Emily – better known as Emily Dickenson, poet...

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One Last Word

By: Nikki Grimes

Age Level: 9-12 years old

An introduction brings the Harlem Renaissance into focus, followed by a description of a...

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Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

By: Kwame Alexander

Age Level: 9-12 years old

“A poem is a small but powerful thing…” Alexander writes in his preface, which is followed by a...

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Slickety Quick: Poems About Sharks

By: Skila Brown

Age Level: 9-12 years old

A poem about the well-known Great White begins this handsomely illustrated collection of poems...

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The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects

By: Paul Janeczko

Age Level: 9-12 years old

An introduction presents an overview of the collection’s unique perspective: poetry from...

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The Negro Speaks of Rivers

By: Langston Hughes

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Dazzling watercolors turn Hughes' short poem into an unforgettable glimpse of African...

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Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems

By: Bob Raczka

Age Level: 9-12 years old

The author successfully creates a picture in the title of each poem (they are concrete or shape...

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