APRIL Titles for Young People
April is National Poetry Month
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth; illustrated Ekua Holmes
This title features poems about poets. Twenty poets, from around the world and time periods, are celebrated. The title even includes a section at the end for more information on the lives of the poets. The mixed media illustrations by Ekua Holmes, who received the 2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for this title, are spectacular.
Little Donkey Close Your Eyes
by Margaret Wise Brown
This was my favorite bedtime poem as a child, with its soothing rhyme of how different animals go to sleep at night.
by Candace Fleming ; illustrated by Eric Rohmann
This poetic and accurate description of the mysterious giant squid of the deep ocean begs to be read aloud. Rohmann’s paintings call to mind both Moby Dick and The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge. Fleming’s lines pull you in like tentacles. For hearts and flowers poetry-resistant kids!
Once in a Blue Moon
by Danielle Daniel
A wonderful introduction to poetry for children with colorful images.
Phrases of the Moon: Lunar Poems
by Lewis J. Patrick
Beautifully illustrated book of poems and retold myths about the moon. Also, some very interesting facts about the moon.
Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse
by Marilyn Singer
Ten years ago this mind-bending book was nominated for a Texas Bluebonnet Award. Though it wasn’t chosen, it’s still a winner to me as it gives a fun new spin on fairy tales and poetry. Read the poems forward for one side of the story; read them in reverse for another perspective. Fun for any age!
Emily Dickinson: Poetry for Kids
by Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickenson was my first introduction to poetry that really resonated with me, and I have been hooked on poetry ever since. Emily’s verses has this way of making you feel like the author is having a private conversation with you. Now when I go back and read her work, its like sitting and visiting with an old friend. I love this book because it really highlights her work with its beautiful illustrations.