Poetry Breaks

By Marjorie Maddox and Philip Huber (illustrator)
Everyone has heard the phrase a school of fish. But what about a rumba of rattlesnakes,; an army of ants; or a crash of rhinos? Derived from both oral and written traditions, collective nouns go back centuries. These terms not only charm us with their sound, but they provide a bit of insight into animal behavior. Readers can find these and other terms--from alley cats to zebras--in fourteen thought-provoking poems by Marjorie Maddox. J 811 Ma
Selected by Paul B. Janeczko and Chris Raschka (illustrator)
Concrete poems startle and delight the eye and mind. The size and arrangement of words—or even just letters on the page can add or alter meaning, and poems can take the shape of crows and fly off the page. Or become a balloon filled with rhyme drifting away from outstretched hands. Or fourteen exuberant lines can become "Joy Sonnet in a Random Universe." J 811 Po
By Jack Prelutsky and Brandon Dorman (illustrator)
This magnificent treasury of more than one hundred of Jack Prelutsky's most celebrated verses, along with fifteen all new poems, is a tribute to his gifts to children's literature over the past forty years. J 811 Pr
By Lisa Westberg Peters and Cathie Felstead (illustrator)
Presents twenty-two poems about geology. End notes provide information about the earth's surface and interior, types of rocks, and how volcanoes, glaciers, and erosion modify the landscape. J 811 Pe
Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe
In this collection of poetry by new and established African-American writers, fatherhood is celebrated with honor, humor and grace. J 811 In
By Douglas Florian
“Mosquitoes are thin./Mosquitoes are rude./They feast on your skin/For take-out food.” Children will delight in the playful language and hilarious illustrations while they learn about twenty-one insects that will bug or beguile them. From swooping dragonflies and twirling whirligig beetles to marching army ants and feasting mosquitoes, here is one pest infestation you’ll welcome into your home! J 811 Fl
by Marilyn Singer and Josee Masse (illustrator)
A collection of short poems which, when reversed, provide new perspectives on the fairy tale characters they feature. J 811 Si
Lee Bennett Hopkins and Wolf Erlbruch (illustrator)
Ever have one of those days? The narrators of these fifteen poems have. They've had worm-in-the-apple days, friends-moving-away days, even forgetting-my-pants days. If you've ever wondered whether anyone else knows what it's like to have a really bad day, this special collection of poignant -- and funny -- poems is for you. J 811 Oh
Patricia MacLachlan, Emily MacLachlan Charest and Katy Schneider (illustrator)
Thirteen dogs tell their stories in simple poems. J 811 Ma
By Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
When the teacher tells his class that they can hear the poetry of science in everything, a student is struck with a curse and begins hearing nothing but science verses that sound very much like some well-known poems. J 811 Sc
Lyrics by Kelly DiPucchio and Gris Grimly (illustrator)
In this howlishly fun collection of campfire songs, little monsters everywhere will love singing along to their favorite campfire tunes which have been altered for optimal gross-out effect by the ghoulish Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by the Master of Creep, Gris Grimly. J 782.42 Di
Joyce Sidman and Beckie Prange (illustrator)
A collection of poems that provide a look at some of the animals, insects, and plants that are found in ponds, with accompanying information about each. J 811 Si