Sacramento Public Library

10 Books of Poetry

    Poetry Speaks to Children

    Poetry Speaks to Children - Various Authors

    Poetry Speaks to Children reaches into the world of poetry and pulls out the elements children love: rhyme, rhythm, fun and, every once in a while, a little mischief. More than 90 poems, for children ages six and up, celebrate the written word and feature a star-studded lineup of beloved poets, including: Roald Dahl; J. R. R. Tolkien; Robert Frost; Gwendolyn Brooks; Ogden Nash; Langston Hughes; Sonia Sanchez; Seamus Heaney; Rita Dove; Billy Collins; and Nikki Giovanni. On the accompanying CD, 50 of the poems are brought to life--most read by the poets themselves--allowing the reader to hear the words as the poets intended.

    Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku

    Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku - Lee Wardlaw

    A cat arrives at a shelter, arranges to go home with a good family, and settles in with them, all the while letting them know who is boss and, finally, sharing his real name.
    Red Sings From Treetops: A Year in Colors

    Red Sings From Treetops: A Year in Colors - Joyce Sidman

    The names of colors are woven into unrhymed poems that celebrate the seasons.
    The Blacker the Berry

    The Blacker the Berry - Joyce Carol Thomas

    A collection of poems, including "Golden Goodness," "Cranberry Red," and "Biscuit Brown," celebrating individuality and Afro-American identity.
    Casey at the Bat

    Casey at the Bat - Ernest L. Thayer

    The lines of this poem have echoed through the decades. Originally published pseudonymously in the June 3, 1888, issue of the San Francisco Examiner, Ernest Thayer's poem has taken a well-deserved place as an enduring icon of Americana.
    Guacamole: A Bilingual Cooking Poem

    Guacamole: A Bilingual Cooking Poem - Jorge Argueta

    A cooking poem with text in both Spanish and English, following a young chef as she puts on her apron and prepares a simple recipe while she sings and dances in her kitchen.
    My Parents Think I'm Sleeping

    My Parents Think I'm Sleeping - Jack Prelutsky

    From reading under the covers to watching shadows dance on the wall, these fourteen vigorous verses show that a child's life begins at bedtime.
    Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

    Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices - Paul Fleischman

    A collection of poems written for two readers describing the characteristics and activities of a variety of insects.
    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein

    Come in . . . for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. You'll meet a boy who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.

    Love That Dog

    Love That Dog - Sharon Creech

    A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem.
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