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Poem Depot: aisles of smiles

poemPoem Depot: aisles of smiles
Call #: J 811.54 Flo
poems and drawings by Douglas Florian

In the vein of Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky, this illustrated book of humorous poems will guarantee giggles

Artist, poet, and award-winning author Douglas Florian successfully captures the comedy of kids’ everyday lives with this jam-packed volume of 170 nonsense poems. Meander through the different aisles—such as “Jests & Jives” or “Tons of Puns”—to find everything from laugh-out-loud limericks to frenetic free verse. With Florian’s eccentric wit and off-the-wall drawings, this one-stop funny poetry shop is perfect for fans of Where the Sidewalk Ends.

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Little Poems for Tiny Ears

poemsLittle Poems for Tiny Ears
Call #: J 811.6 Oli
poems by Lin Oliver
illustrated by Tomie dePaola

The dynamic, best-selling team of Lin Oliver and Tomie dePaola have created a charming collection of baby poems that makes the perfect gift for baby showers and first birthdays.

For babies and toddlers, each moment is full of wonder and discovery. This delightful collection of original poems celebrates the everyday things that enthrall little ones, such as playing peekaboo, banging pots and pans, splashing at bath time, and cuddling at bedtime. Full of contagious rhythm and rhyme, this inviting picture book introduces young children to the sound of poetry, and beloved illustrator Tomie dePaola’s engaging children are the perfect match for Lin Oliver’s lighthearted poems. Together they’ve created a book to be treasured that captures the magic and fun of being new in the world.

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Locomotive

locomotiveLocomotive
Call #: J 385.0973 Flo
by Brian Floca

All aboard! From the creator of the “stunning” (Booklist) Moonshot, a rich and detailed sensory exploration of America’s early railroads.

It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean.

Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country!

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2013

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Face Bug

Face BugFace Bug
Call #: J 811.54 Lew
by J. Patrick Lewis

“In this ingenious picture book, Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis invites you to visit the Face Bug Museum. There, readers can meet fourteen bugs in Lewis’s sly, humorous poems; gaze upon giant close-ups of the creatures’ faces in Siskind’s photographs; and follow the antics of two beetle friends in Kelly Murphy’s artwork. This is a trip to a museum—built by bugs, for bugs—unlike any other. It is also a poetry collection, macro-photography book, and illustrated story—all in one. Includes end notes with photographs of the entire bugs and further information about these creatures.”

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Pug: and other animal poems

pugPug: and other animal poems
Call #: J 811.54 Wor
by Valerie Worth
pictures by Steve Jenkins

“In the follow-up to the well-received Animal Poems, Pug: And Other Animal Poems examines a wide range of animal behavior, from the fleetingness of a fly sipping spilled milk to the constant steely presence of a powerful bull; the greedy meal of a street rat to a cat’s quiet gift of a dead mouse on the doorstep. Steve Jenkins’s bright collage art brings these small moments to life.”

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Wee Rhymes: baby’s first poetry book

rhymesWee Rhymes: baby’s first poetry book
Call #: J 398.8 Yol
by Jane Yolen
illustrated by Jane Dyer

“A favorite author and artist create an endearing collection of new and favorite illustrated rhymes and poems ideal for sharing.

A baby’s day is full of meaningful moments: Time for cuddles, time for play, time for games, time for a nap, time for dinner, time for a bath, time for bed…and always, always, time for love. This joyous collection of more than fifty original poems and rhymes is divided into sections that celebrate each part of a young child’s daily routine. An anthology of new and favorite rhymes accompanied by gentle, evocative illustrations is a perfect gift for showers and a must-have addition to any child’s bookshelf.”

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Shiver me Timbers! pirate poems and paintings

Shiver me Timbers! pirate poems and paintings
Call #: J 811.54 Flo
by Douglas Florian
pirates by Robert Neubecker

“Arrrgh you ready for this jaunty collection of pirate poems and paintings?

Ahoy mateys—it’s time to hoist up the anchors and set sail with a pack of pesky pirates! In this hilarious collection of nineteen poems, readers will meet scoundrels, scalawags, and scurvy dogs (human and canine). They’ll partake in battles, treasure hunts, and some pirate-style grub (flounder, anyone?). And all the while, picture book greats Douglas Florian and Robert Neubecker will keep pirate fans laughing from bow to stern with their signature sense of humor.”

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Julie Andrews’ Treasury for all Seasons: poems and songs to celebrate the year

Julie Andrews’ Treasury for all Seasons: poems and songs to celebrate the year
Call #: J 808.810083 Julie
selected by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton
paintings by Marjorie Priceman

“A vast array of poems old and new joyously celebrates each special day of the year, telling of New Year’s resolutions, Valentine’s Day love, Easter parades, Fourth of July fireworks, and more. From the cold of winter to the new hope of spring, the brisk fall to the steamy summer, Caldecott Honor illustrator Marjorie Priceman’s vibrant watercolor paintings ring in every month of the year, bringing each season to joyful life. Featuring verse from favorites like Walt Whitman, Jack Prelutsky, and Langston Hughes and poetic lyrics from the likes of Cole Porter and Oscar Hammerstein, plus heartfelt introductions by Julie Andrews describing favorite family holiday moments, this is the perfect collection for families to share together.”

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Make Magic! Do Good!

Make Magic! Do Good!
Call #: J 811 Clayt
by Dallas Clayton

“From from an exciting new face in children’s literature, Dallas Clayton, comes a book of illustrated poems full of wisdom, wonder, and whimsy.

A boy with a beard tries to stay six forever. A frightful monster lives a million miles away, but is equally scared of you. A magic rope hangs from the sky, next to a sign saying “Give me a try.” In this brightly illustrated selection of playful, often provocative poems, ideas run the gamut from stopping your lightning-fast running to help others keep up, imagining a store that sells colors never before made, or admitting you’ll never know all the answers (and sleeping better at night). Following the runaway success of his self-published debut, Dallas Clayton’s quirky, captivating collection makes it clear that this rising talent, whose work has evoked comparisons to Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak, and Shel Silverstein, exudes a spirit and style all his own.”

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National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 poems with photographs that squeak, soar and roar!

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 poems with photographs that squeak, soar and roar!
Call #: J 808.81936 Nat
edited by J. Patrick Lewis

“”Out of a windless August night/A luna moth in ghostly light Beat softly on my window screen/Tick-tick-ticking-all silver green.
She whispered secrets in my ear—/I am but a stranger here.
The stars are scrawled across the sky/By ghostwriters, the Moon and I.
You will not see me here tonight—/I have a thousand stars to write.”

What could be better than cuddling up with your child and this book on your lap and allowing your imaginations to soar with the words and images? Lovingly selected by U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis and paired with vibrant animal photography, this collection of poems is an exuberant celebration of the animal kingdom and a beautiful introduction to this genre of literature. Designed for family sharing but targeted to ages 4-8, this dynamic, fresh, yet still classic collection of animal poems is a must-have for the family bookshelf.

Featured poets include J. Patrick Lewis, Dorothy Aldis, Emily Dickinson, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Frost, Rudyard Kipling, Jack Prelutsky, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Robert Louis Stevenson, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and many more.”

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A Strange Place to Call Home

A Strange Place to Call Home
Call #: J 571.1 Sin
by Marilyn Singer
illustrated by Ed Young

“Under the desert’s cracked and barren skin, spadefoot toads are waiting for rain. In the endless black of the deepest caves, blind fish find their way. Even in the frozen hearts of glaciers, ice worms by the billion flourish. In this fascinating look at fourteen animals who defy the odds by thriving in Earth’s most dangerous places, renowned poet Marilyn Singer and celebrated artist Ed Young show that of all the miracles of life, it is life’s persistence that astounds the most.”

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The Superheroes Employment Agency

The Superheroes Employment Agency
Call #: J 811.54 Sin
by Marilyn Singer
illustrated by Noah Z. Jones

“From Blunder Woman and Muffy the Vampire Sprayer to Stuporman and The Bulk, meet the members of the Superheroes Employment Agency—lovable misfits with oddball powers who make up for their lack of fame with an eagerness to please and a can-do attitude. These humorous, kid-friendly poems are sure to entertain while introducing readers to poetry in a fun, lighthearted, and accessible way. Told in Marilyn Singer’s witty verse and Noah Z. Jones’s hilarious illustrations, their story will make you laugh and cheer on these champions in their quests for heroic jobs.”

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I Lay my Stitches Down: poems of American Slavery

I Lay my Stitches Down: poems of American Slavery
Call #: J 811.6 Gra
by Cynthia Grady
illustrated by Michele Wood

“This rich and intricate collection of poems chronicles the various experiences of American slaves. Drawn together through imagery drawn from quilting and fiber arts, each poem is spoken from a different perspective: a house slave, a mother losing her daughter to the auction block, a blacksmith, a slave fleeing on the Underground Railroad.
This moving and eloquent set of poems, brought to life by vivid and colorful artwork from Michele Wood, offers a timeless witness to the hardship endured by America’s slaves. Each poem is supplemented by a historical note.”

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Nasty Bugs

Nasty Bugs
Call #: J 811.0080362 Nas
poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins
illustrated by Will Terry

“A collection of creepy, crawly poems by some of today’s most beloved children’s poets

This tribute to the delightful nastiness of bugs features sixteen poems by accomplished children’s poets, including Marilyn Singer, J. Patrick Lewis, and Rebecca Andrew Loescher. From “Ode to a Dead Mosquito” to “Termite Tune,” this brightly illustrated, kid-friendly collection riffs on the details of the world’s most infamous insects. Fun facts about the featured creatures round out this sure bet for poetry fans and bug enthusiasts alike.”

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A Stick is an Excellent Thing: poems celebrating outdoor play

A Stick is an Excellent Thing: poems celebrating outdoor play
Call #: J 811.54 Sin
by Marilyn Singer
illustrated by LeUyen Pham

“A paean to play from an award-winning poet and a New York Times best-selling illustrator. The trappings of childhood change from generation to generation, but there are some timeless activities that every kid loves. Marilyn Singer and LeUyen Pham celebrate these universal types of play, from organized games such as hide-and-seek and hopscotch to imaginative play such as making mud soup or turning a stick into a magic wand. Lyrical poems and bold illustrations capture the energy of a group of children in one neighborhood as they amuse themselves over the course of a summer day. At a time when childhood obesity rates are soaring and money is tight for many families, here is a book that invites readers to join in the fun of active play with games that cost nothing.”

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A Stick is an Excellent Thing: poems celebrating outdoor play

A Stick is an Excellent Thing: poems celebrating outdoor play
Call #: J 811.54 Sin
by Marilyn Singer
illustrated by LeUyen Pham

“A paean to play from an award-winning poet and a New York Times best-selling illustrator. The trappings of childhood change from generation to generation, but there are some timeless activities that every kid loves. Marilyn Singer and LeUyen Pham celebrate these universal types of play, from organized games such as hide-and-seek and hopscotch to imaginative play such as making mud soup or turning a stick into a magic wand. Lyrical poems and bold illustrations capture the energy of a group of children in one neighborhood as they amuse themselves over the course of a summer day. At a time when childhood obesity rates are soaring and money is tight for many families, here is a book that invites readers to join in the fun of active play with games that cost nothing.”

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I’ve Lost my Hippopotamus

I’ve Lost my Hippopotamus
Call #: J 811.54 Prelu
by Jack Prelutsky
illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic

“Some of the animals in this book are real. They include:
•the hippopotamus (she’s missing)
•the elephant (he’s artistically talented)
•the octopus (it’s great at multitasking).

Others may not be quite so real. These include:
•the wiguana (very hairy, for a lizard)
•the halibutterfly (there’s something fishy about it)
•the gludu (quite clingy).

In the tradition of Jack Prelutsky’s classic poetry collections The New Kid on the Block, It’s Raining Pigs & Noodles, and A Pizza the Size of the Sun, here is a book packed with more than 100 funny poems and silly pictures. Most of the poems are about animals—some are big and some are small, some have unusual interests, and some are just plain unusual.”

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UnBEElievables

UnBEElievables
Call #: J 811.54 Flo
by Douglas Florian

“The buzz is big for Douglas Florian’s new poetry collection about the unBEElieveably unique lives of honeybees—and the vital role they play in our ecosystem.

Come inside the honeycomb—a busy, buzzy, bee-filled home—and learn about the unexpected wonders of these tiny insects’ lifestyles, families, and communities. In fourteen funny, fact-filled honeybee poems and paintings, Douglas Florian explores the natural history of these often-unappreciated critters, revealing them to be a totally cool—and totally important—part of our ecosystem. Indeed, these buzzy bugs have been in the spotlight lately as wild bee populations are dwindling, honey prices are rising, and beekeeping has become a popular hobby.”

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Outside your Window: a first book of nature

Outside your Window: a first book of nature
Call #: J 508 Dav
by Nicola Davies
illustrated by Mark Hearld

“This gorgeously illustrated volume of poetry – sprinkled with facts and fun things to do – sows an early love for nature in all its beauty and wonder.

The buzz of bees in summertime. The tracks of a bird in the winter snow. This beautiful book captures all the sights and sounds of a child’s interactions with nature, from planting acorns or biting into crisp apples to studying tide pools or lying back and watching the birds overhead. No matter what’s outside their windows – city streets or country meadows – kids will be inspired to explore the world around them. Written by award-winning author Nicola Davies and illustrated by Mark Hearld, a breathtaking new talent in children’s books, Outside Your Window is a stunning reminder that the natural world is on our doorstep waiting to be discovered.”

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