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National Poetry Month

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 1 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
tagged: arts and culture
Celebrate National Poetry Month with this selection of books of and about poetry for kids and teens.

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Bear Bones & Feathers

by Louise B. Halfe
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: indigenous, women authors, canadian

In this new edition of her powerful debut, Plains Cree writer and National Poet Laureate Louise B. Halfe – Sky Dancer reckons with personal history within cultural genocide.

Employing Indigenous spirituality, black comedy, and the memories of her own childhood as healing arts, celebrated poet Louise B. Halfe – Sky Dancer finds an irrepressible s …

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Hungry for the Arts

Poems to Chomp On

by Kari-Lynn Winters & Lori Sherritt Fleming, illustrated by Peggy Collins
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: humorous

Explore your creativity with Hungry for the Arts: Poems to Chomp On, a collection of scrumptious poems, highlighting concepts like pathways, dynamics, roles, and textures!

This third book in the Hungry for. . . (STEAM) series features dancing dinosaurs, jazzy cats, a dramatic ride, and a homemade robot that whizzes through chores.

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This is the Boat That Ben Built

by Jen Lynn Bailey, illustrated by Maggie Zeng
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: environment, stories in verse, fishes, birds, deer, moose & caribou

A humorous exploration of a northern river ecosystem with an intrepid young boatsman is paired with an extended author’s note about its ecology and key species.

Young Ben sets out to explore the river equipped with a sturdy boat, some sample-collection gear, and his scientific curiosity. Along the way he meets a black bear taking a swim, a moose a …

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Sing in the Spring!

by Sheree Fitch, illustrated by Deb Plestid
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: imagination & play, seasons, poetry (see also stories in verse)

A playful, poetic picture book celebrating the coming of spring from the award-winning author of Summer Feet and featuring luminous original artwork by an internationally renowned quilt artist.
Buds of leaves
still curled in knots
just like teeny polka dots
spots of green on bare-branched trees
soon buds will bloom and leaves
unfurl
yes, sh …

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Powerful Poetry

Read, write, rejoice, recite poetry all year long

by Adrienne Gear
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: professional development, language arts

Powerful Poetry celebrates the beauty, power, and pleasure of poetry in the classroom. This highly-readable book outlines the many benefits of integrating poetry into your literacy program, including building reading, writing, and speaking skills, nurturing creativity, and celebrating language. Powerful Poetry provides practical, enjoyable lessons …

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Welcome to the Cypher

by Khodi Dill, illustrated by Awuradwoa Afful
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: poetry (see also stories in verse), self-esteem & self-reliance, music

WELCOME TO THE CYPHER is a delight to read—a story that will move every part of you to a wild and wonderful beat.” —Jael Richardson, Author and Executive Director, The Festival of Literary Diversity

"WELCOME TO THE CYPHER is a beautiful, rhythmic exploration of the joy of language and self-expression. Our whole family loved how the bright i …

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My Words Flew Away Like Birds

by Debora Pearson, illustrated by Shrija Jain
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: emigration & immigration, new experience, friendship

A poetically told immigration story that fosters understanding and beautifully articulates how the desire to belong and the need for human connection are universal.

A little girl learns some words in a new language to prepare for her move to a new country. But when she, her mother and her father arrive, “all her words fly away like birds.” The g …

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Windy Days

by Deborah Kerbel, illustrated by Miki Sato
edition: Hardcover
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 1 to 3
  • Grade: p
tagged: seasons, camping & outdoor activities, poetry (see also stories in verse), weather

Blustery wind burns and shrieks
Nibbles on my nose and cheeks

For preschoolers, windy fall days mean excitement and play. Strong winds stimulate children and their surroundings, as though an invisible hand is shaking the world. Gentler breezes help plants scatter their seeds, set pinwheels in motion, and keep kite strings taut. But fiercer winds be …