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Discover a world of rhythm, rhyme, and free verse with engaging collections and novels for your middle readers.
 
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Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems
by Nick Cannon Illustrated by Nick Cannon , caliFAWNia , Captain Kris , Mike P , Morf , Queen Andrea , MAST , Art Mobb

Nick Cannon, entertainer extraordinaire, debuts his poetry book for children.

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Walt Whitman
by Walt Whitman Illustrated by Jim Burke

This volume introduces young readers to Walt Whitman's most famous poems, including "On the Beach at Night," "The Runaway Slave," extracts from Leaves of Grass and "I Sing the Body Electric." It includes a biography of Whitman, reader's notes and difficult word definitions.

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Night Garden
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
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A Poke in the I
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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Love To Mama: A Tribute To Mothers
by Pat Mora Illustrated by Paula Barragán
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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.
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Serafina’s Promise
by Ann E. Burg

A luminous novel in verse from the author of the Jefferson Cup award winner All the Broken Pieces.

Serafina has
a secret dream.

She wants to go to school
and become a doctor
with her best friend , Julie Marie.

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Hardcovers: $11.89

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Relatively Speaking
by Ralph Fletcher , Walter Lyon Krudop , Krudop Illustrated by Walter Lyon Krudop , Walter Lyon Kudrop
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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Love That Dog
by Sharon Creech
I guess it does
look like a poem
when you see it
typed up
like that.

Jack hates poetry. Only girls write it and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty. But his teacher, Ms.
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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?

Christopher Myers' read-aloud hip-hop poem and arresting collage artwork invite readers on an eye-opening journey from a stray cat's perspective as it searches for a home.

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Wild Wings: Poems For Young People
by Jane Yolen Illustrated by Jason Stemple
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A Visit to William Blake's Inn
by Nancy Willard Illustrated by Alice Provensen , Martin Provensen
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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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Paperbacks: $6.29

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A Home for Mr. Emerson
by Barbara Kerley Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

From the award-winning creators of Those Rebels, John and Tom, a joyful portrait of an American icon and an inspiring blueprint for how to live your life.

All life is an experiment.
The more
experiments you make
the better.

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Hardcover Picturebooks: $13.29

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