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poetry
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Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems


Judy Sierra - 1998
     Judy Sierra, Jose Aruego, and Ariane Dewey invite you into the world of an Emperor penguin family and their wild, slip-sliding, rhyming fun.

beast feast


Douglas Florian - 1994
    From lobsters to rheas to fireflies, kiwis to camels to chameleons, here’s a beast for everyone to love!

Twosomes: Love Poems from the Animal Kingdom


Marilyn Singer - 2010
    But this funny (and punny) little book imagines how some of them declare their love, affection, or friendship any day of the year."Nice to Meetcha! You smell delish!/Wanna share my water dish?" So asks one tail-thumping dog to another. Whereas a courting dolphin sings, "Come, leap with me and be my wife./You're the porpoise of my life." Ranging from dogs and cats and other pets to some you wouldn't want to pet, such as sharks and porcupines, acclaimed poet Marilyn Singer's captivating couplets and Lee Wildish's expressively humorous illustrations provide a Valentine's Day gift for kids who wouldn't be caught dead being lovey-dovey.

Edgar Allan Poe's Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems


J. Patrick Lewis - 2012
    The poet J. Patrick Lewishas reimagined classic poems—such as Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” and LangstonHughes’s “April Rain Song”—and added a dash of math. Between the silly parodiesand the wonderfully wacky art, kids will have so much fun figuring out the puzzles,they won’t guess they’re learning! Answers appear unobtrusively on each page, andengaging information about the original poets is included. Math games and concepts,poetry and poet biographies—it’s all so cleverly put together. This funny book is atreat for fans of words and numbers alike.

Who Swallowed Harold?: And Other Poems About Pets


Susan Pearson - 2005
    With expertly crafted poems and hilarious illustrations, this adorable companion to Squeal and Squawk: Barnyard Talk has something to offer every pet owner—and even those wistful readers who are only dreaming of having a pet.

The Frog Who Lost His Underpants


Juliette MacIver - 2013
    Frog is in a frenzy, scattering the ants. Teddy s looking too now, this place, that place. Will they ever find those jolly underpants?

Bark in the Park!: Poems for Dog Lovers


Avery Corman - 2019
    Go on a walk to the park with all different kinds of dogs and their owners in this funny and charming poetry picture book.Enjoy Avery Corman's canine poetry for an Afghan hound, basset hound, beagle, bloodhound, Daschshund, boxer, greyhound, and more as they stroll with their owners to the park.PugIs the Pug cute? Or is the Pug ugh?Mostly, people loveThe little Pug's mugHyewon Yum captures the unique characteristics of the owner and his pet as she beautifully illustrates the humorous walk from each dog's home to the park and back.

A Foot in the Mouth: Poems to Speak, Sing and Shout


Paul B. Janeczko - 2009
    The creators of A POKE IN THE I and A KICK IN THE HEAD complete a triplet with this collection of lively rhymes and tricky tongue twisters, poems for more than one voice, bilingual poems — and poems that may just inspire kids to memorize them. Paul B. Janeczko offers a range of gems, from classic Shakespeare and Lear to anonymous rhymes to contemporary riffs on everything under the sun, while Chris Raschka counterpoints with the vibrant accents of his wittily detailed artwork.

Polkabats and Octopus Slacks: 14 Stories


Calef Brown - 1998
    Instead he cooks them up in pies. He doesn't use the legs or eyes or any artificial dyes . . . Not far from a greenish town, the Bathtub Driver is selling cut-rate imported shampoo. Georgie Spider serves up award-winning pies, while overhead on Highwire 66 there's a small problem causing an acrobat traffic jam. Ed's funny smell, Eliza's special jacket - they're all part of the picture in Polkabats and Octopus Slacks, fourteen stories about pesky snails, sleeping fruit, and one funky snowman. In the tradition of Edward Lear, Calef Brown has fashioned fourteen nonsense poems so zany that both young and old will be unable to suppress their laughter. Brown's invented words and sounds and their visual counterparts create both an audible and a visual feast. This is the kind of silliness children relish.

Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold


Joyce Sidman - 2014
    Paired with stunning linoleum print illustrations by Rick Allen, that celebrate nature's beauty and power.

The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry


Bill Martin Jr.Paul Meisel - 2008
    Traditional children's poems are presented alongside contemporary pieces, and the collection is capped off with tributes by Eric Carle and Steven Kellogg, two of Bill Martin Jr's best-known collaborators. This essential compilation also features original illustrations by award-winning artists, including Ashley Bryan, Lois Ehlert, Steven Kellogg, Chris Raschka, Dan Yaccarino, Nancy Tafuri, and Derek Anderson. This beautiful anthology is sure to become a classic.

Silly Street


Jeff Foxworthy - 2009
    At the candy booth you can buy gummy yum noodles and rainbow jaw busters. At the hat store you can purchase a helmet, a tiara, or a halo--if you happen to be an angel.From the comedic mind of Jeff Foxworthy, author of the bestselling dirt on my shirt, comes another hilarious collection of poems. Kids will have so much fun reading these poems, they'll wish they actually lived on Silly Street.

One Minute till Bedtime: 60-Second Poems to Send You off to Sleep


Kenn NesbittNaomi Shihab Nye - 2016
    Reach for a one-minute poem!Former Children's Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt presents a blockbuster collection of all-new poetry penned by some of the most beloved and celebrated poets of our time, including Jack Prelutsky, Jon Scieszka, Mary Ann Hoberman, Nikki Grimes, Lemony Snicket, Jane Yolen, and many more. Illuminated with dreamlike wit and whimsy by New York Times illustrator and award-winning artist Christoph Niemann, here is a new bedtime classic. When the busy day is drawing to a close and the whole family is ready for rest, take a minute for poetry and send your little ones off to sleep.

The Truth About Dolphins: Seriously Funny Facts About Your Favorite Animals


Maxwell Eaton III - 2018
    Did you know that dolphins find their dinners by using sound to track down the location of their prey?Did you know that baby dolphins are born tail-first?Did you know that each dolphin has a unique whistle (like human fingerprints) that makes them recognizable to other dolphins?Discover these facts and more in The Truth About Dolphins, a new addition to the popular series that combines raucous amounts of humor with a surprising amount of information on beloved animal friends.

Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Other Poems


Jack Prelutsky - 2006
    . . A toaster with a toad?A tuba with a baboon?A clock with an octopus?A hat with a chicken?An umbrella with an elephant?Why . . . A Pop-up ToadsterA TubaboonThe ClocktopusA Hatchicken and . . .The Bold UmbrellaphantAnd what do you get when you cross this book with a kid?Why . . . The Happy Kibook!