If the thought of poetry month conjures up repressed memories of mind-numbing hexameter and iambic pentameter lectures in ninth-grade English, you may be in need of a literary make-over. These five poetry books are designed for kids, but will ignite a love of verse for adults, too. Swing by your favorite book store or library to pick up these surprisingly (cool) poetry books for kids and you’re sure to laugh-out-loud during bedtime snuggles.
Poem-mobiles: Crazy Car Poems (pictured above)
By J. Patrick Lewis and Douglas Florian, Illustrated by Jeremy Holmes
The U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate and an award-winning children’s poet join their prolific forces in this picture book of poems about cars. But they’re not just any cars: there’s the “Sloppy-Floppy-Nonstop-Jalopy” (“So unique there is no copy”); the Bathtub Limosine (“With hot water heating / And porcelain seating”); and the “High Heel Car.” Our friends over at Kid Baltimore have a great behind-the-scenes glimpse at how Jeremy Holmes illustrated the book!
Firefly July and Other Very Short Poems
By Paul B. Janeczko, Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
It only takes a few words, if they’re the right words, to create a strong image. Whether listened to in the comfort of a cozy lap or read independently, the thirty-six very short poems in this collection remind readers young and old that a few perfect words and pictures can make the world glow. Selected by acclaimed poet Paul B. Janeczko and gorgeously illustrated by Melissa Sweet, Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems invites children to sample poems throughout the four seasons.
It’s Raining Pigs & Noodles
By Jack Prelutsky, Illustrated by James Stevenson
The master of mischievous rhyme, Jack Prelutsky, and his partner in crime, James Stevenson, have whipped up a storm of more than one hundred hilarious poems and zany drawings. Grab your umbrella—and make sure it’s a big one!
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin (Aladdin Picture Books)
By Lloyd Moss, Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
Then a trumpet joins in to become a duet; add a French horn and voila! you have a trio — and on it goes until an entire orchestra is assembled on stage. Lloyd Moss’s irresistible rhymes and Marjorie Pricemans’s energetic illustrations make beautiful music together — a masterpiece that is the perfect introduction to musical instruments and musical groups, and a counting book that redefines the genre.
Outside the Box
By Karma Wilson, Illustrated by Diane Goode
This laugh-out-loud poetry collaboration from a New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestselling author and a Caldecott Honor illustrator is anything but ordinary. Dive in to Karma Wilson’s latest collection of more than 100 poems—some humorous, some poignant, and all of them Outside the Box. Illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Diane Goode, Outside the Box has something for everyone. Appealing to kids and parents alike, poems such as “Sick Day,” “My Pet Robot,” “Balloonaphobia,” and “Aliens Under My Bed” are sure to delight and entertain.
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