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A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers
by Nancy Willard Illustrated by Alice Provensen , Martin Provensen
Inspired by William Blake's" Songs of Innocence" and "Songs of Experience, "this delightful collection of poetry for children brings to life Blake's imaginary inn and its unusual guests.
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Wild Wings: Poems for Young People
by Jane Yolen
Illustrated with breathtaking color photographs, this collection of insightful poems is a delightful way to learn about birds and their habits.
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Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems & Drawings
by Shel Silverstein Illustrated by Shel Silverstein
"If you are a dreamer, come in, If you are a dreamer, A wisher, a liar, A hope-er, a pray-er, A magic bean buyer … " Come in … for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein’ s world begins. You’ ll meet a boy who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale.
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Walt Whitman: Words for America
by Barbara Kerley Illustrated by Brian Selznick
Serving as a nurse in Civil War-era Washington, Walt Whitman treated all soldiers who needed his aid-Union and Confederate, black and white. In time, Walt saw that his writing could give these men a voice and capture the true spirit of America.
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Song of the Sparrow
by Lisa Ann Sandell

The year is 490 AD. Fiery 16-year-old Elaine of Ascolat, the daughter of one of King Arthur's supporters, lives with her father on Arthur's base camp, the sole girl in a militaristic world of men.

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Revolting Rhymes
by Roald Dahl Illustrated by Quentin Blake
Do you think Cinderella married the prince and lived happily ever after, and that the three little pigs outsmarted the wolf? Think again! Premier storyteller Roald Dahl twists the fate of six favorite fairy tales, in this picture book edition with vibrant new cover art by Quentin Blake.
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Relatively Speaking: Poems About Family
by Ralph Fletcher Illustrated by Walter Lyon Krudop
In this book, the reader will join an eleven-year-old boy as he thinks about his family. Join in the fun as he shares his feelings about his mother's unexpected pregnancy, a family reunion, what it means to be a middle child, and more.
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A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems
by Paul B. Janeczko Illustrated by Chris Raschka
This volume of 30 concrete poems from visual poets such as John Hollander, Emmett Williams, Maureen W. Armour and others provide a playful, visually accessible collection that is illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Chris Raschka. Illustrations.
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Out of the Dust
by Karen Hesse

A poem cycle that reads as a novel, Out of the Dust tells the story of a girl named Billie Jo, who struggles to help her family survive the dust-bowl years of the Depression.

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Oh, the Places You'll Go!
by Dr. Seuss
In this joyous ode to life, Dr. Seuss addresses graduates of all ages — from nursery school to medical school — and gives them the get-up-and-go to move mountains with the unrivaled exuberance and charm that have made Dr. Seuss books favorites for years.
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Night Garden: Poems From the World of Dreams
by Janet S. Wong Illustrated by Julie Paschkis

. . . dreams grow wild
Like dandelion weeds,
feathery heads alive with seeds —
and those fine seeds,
about to sprout,
race the day
to find their place
in a welcome mind . . .

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Love to Langston
by Tony Medina Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Poems celebrate Langston Hughes' life from his humble beginnings to his death bed in Harlem.
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Love to Mama: A Tribute to Mothers
by Pat Mora
Through a blend of Spanish and English, these Latino poems create a beautiful celebration of the love between mothers, grandmothers, and children.
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Love That Dog: A Novel
by Sharon Creech

"I guess it does
look like a poem
when you see it
typed up
like that."

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Black Cat
by Christopher Myers Illustrated by Christopher Myers

black cat, black cat, cousin to the concrete creeping down our city streets
where do you live, where will we meet?

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All the Broken Pieces
by Ann Burg

Two years after being airlifted out of war-torn Vietnam, Matt Pin is haunted: by bombs that fell like dead crows, by smoke and death, by the brother — and the terrible secret — he left behind.

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