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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 […]

The Spoken Word in Picture Books


  I, Too, Am America  Written by Langston Hughes, Illustrated by Bryan Collier Simon and Shuster, 2012 ISBN 978-1-4424-2008-3 I Have a Dream Written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Illustrated by Kadir Nelson Schwartz & Wade, 2012 ISBN 978-0-375-85887-1 All Ages  Book Review “I, too, sing America/I am the darker brother.” So begins one […]