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Poetry for Beginning Readers

Treat your child to stories in verse and poetry collections that make learning to read a delight.
 
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Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons
by Jon J Muth Illustrated by Jon J Muth
Caldecott Honoree and New York Times bestselling author/artist Jon J Muth takes a fresh and exciting new look at the four seasons!

Eating warm cookies
on a cold day
is easy

water catches
every thrown stone
skip skip splash

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A Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson Illustrated by Eve Garnett
Touching, joyful, evocative, and beautifully illustrated by Eve Garnett, these 64 poems perfectly capture a child's wonder, imagination, and fascination with everyday things.
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Here in Harlem
by Walter Dean Myers
Powerful and soulful first-person poems are presented in the voices of the residents who make up the legendary New York City neighborhood, from teachers to jazz artists to nannies, capturing the energy and resilience of a neighborhood and a people.
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Honey, I Love
by Eloise Greenfield Illustrated by Diane Dillon , Leo Dillon
Sixteen poems tell of love and the simple joys of everyday life, seen through the eyes of a child: playing with a friend, skipping rope, riding on a train, or keeping Mama company till Daddy gets back.
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Missing Piece, The
by Shel Silverstein Illustrated by Shel Silverstein
It was missing a piece.
And it was not happy.
So it set off in search
Of its missing piece.
And as it rolled
it sang this song:
"Oh I'm lookin' for my missin' piece
I'm lookin' for my missin' piece
Hi-dee-ho, here I go,
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Moon, Have You Met My Mother?
by Karla Kuskin Illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
Write about a radish
Too many people write about the moon.

The night is black
The stars are small and high
The clock unwinds its ever-ticking tune
Hills gleam dimly
Distant nighthawks cry.
A radish rises in the waiting sky.

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New Kid on the Block, The
by Jack Prelutsky Illustrated by James Stevenson

There's a new kid on the block,
and boy, that kid is tough,
that new kid punches hard,
that new kid plays real rough,
that new kid's big and strong,
with muscles everywhere,
that new kid tweaked my arm,
that new kid pulled my hair.

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Today and Today
by G. Brian Karas , Kobayashi Issa Illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Brian Karas has always been moved and inspired by the haiku poetry of Issa, whose work is taught in schools and loved by children around the world.

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Touch the Poem
by Arnold Adoff Illustrated by Lisa Desimini
Award-winning poet Arnold Adoff presents a delicious and airy picture book of poems about the senses, from our fingers and toes to our lips, eyes, noses and ears.
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Wings
by Christopher Myers Illustrated by Christopher Myers

Are you brave enough to be your true self? Ikarus Jackson is. But it isn’t always easy. The people in his neighborhood point at his wings. The kids at school laugh. The teachers call him a distraction. One girl identifies with him, but she is too shy to speak up.

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You Read To Me, I'll Read To You
by John Ciardi Illustrated by Edward Gorey
"Thirty-five imaginative and humorous poems for an adult and a child to read aloud together... The entertaining verses are varied as to length, rhythm, and subject and are illustrated with harmoniously amusing drawings". — Booklist
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A Hatful of Seuss
by Dr. Seuss

Come join us for the celebration of the Cat's fortieth birthday.

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