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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut


Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut Written by Derrick D. Barnes and Illustrated by Gordon C. James Published in 2017 by Bolden, Agate Publishing ISBN 978-1-57284-224-3 Grades 1 – 6 A 2018 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction Recommended Title Book Review “You came in as a lump of clay, a blank, canvas, a […]



Round Written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Taeeun Yoo Published in 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ISBN 978-0-544-38761-4 Grades PreK – 6 Book Review In Joyce Sidman’s latest nonfiction picture book, a young girl professes, “I love round things,” and so launches a poetic exploration of all things round. Immersive mixed media illustrations crafted […]

Out of Wonder

Out of Wonder

Out of Wonder Written by Kwame Alexander, with Chris Colderly and Marjory Wentworth Illustrated by Ekua Holmes Published by Candlewick Press ISBN: 978-0-7636-8094-7 Grades 3-8 Book Review “A poem is a small but powerful thing. It has the power to reach inside of you, to ignite something in you, and to change you in ways […]

A Poem for Peter


A Poem for Peter Written by Andrea Davis Pinkney Pictures by Lou Fancher & Steve Johnson Published in 2016 by Viking Press Grades K-5 ISBN: 978-0-425-28768-2   Book Review “Brown-sugar boy in a blanket of white./ Bright as the day you came onto the page./ From the hand of a man who saw you for […]

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph


Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous PhotographWritten by Roxane Orgill; Illustrated by Francis VallejoPublished by Candlewick Press, 2016ISBN # 978-0763669546 Grades 3 and up Book Review The year was 1958, and jazz music was everywhere in full force. Graphic designer and jazz enthusiast Art Kane pitched an idea to Esquire magazine to gather as […]

Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems


Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems Written by Bob Raczka Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2016 ISBN 978-1-62672-236-1 Grades 2 and up Book Review In Wet Cement, author Bob Raczka begins with a credo: “I like to think of poems as word paintings.” Indeed, the concrete poetry—also known as shape poetry—filling the pages of […]

Echo Echo: Reverso Poems about Greek Myths.

Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths Written by Marilyn Singer and Illustrated by Josee Masse Published by Dial in 2016 ISBN 978-0-8037-3992-5 Grades 3-8 Book Review Turning her attention to Greek mythology, Marilyn Singer, a recent recipient of the NCTE award for Excellence in Children’s Poetry, offer readers a third title in her intriguing […]

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

Flutter & Hum: Animal Poems / Aleteo y Zumbido: Poemas de Animales Written and Illustrated by Julie Paschkis Published in 2015 by Henry Holt ISBN 978-1-62779-103-8 Grades PreK – 8 Book Review “Slithering / through the grass / the sinuous snake/ is writing/ a slippery poem / with his body.” The twelve poems in a […]

One Today


One Today Written by Richard Blanco, Illustrated by Dav Pilkey Published by Little Brown, 2015 ISBN: 978-0-316-37144-5 Grades K-Up Book Review Only five U.S. presidential inaugurations included poets reading their work. Of those five poems, only two have been turned into picture books. One was illustrated by Dav Pilkey, author-illustrator of the Captain Underpants series. […]

Firefly July and Hi, Koo!: Poems about Seasons

Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems Selected by Paul B. Janeczko; Illustrated by Melissa Sweet Published by Candlewick Press, 2014 ISBN #978-0763648428 Grades K and up Book Review Upon reading the first pages of Firefly July, there is no doubt that less can be substantially more. Popular children’s poet Paul Janeczko has teamed […]