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Titles selected by Bank Street Librarians. All are available for check-out.

  • Ages 3+

    Kennedy, X. J. (1992). Talking like the rain: A first book of poems. Boston, MA: Little, Brown.
    Call# J 811.08 T
    Over one hundred poems, some short, some long, in this oversized, lushly illustrated collection.

  • Ages 5+

    Prelutsky, J. (1993). The dragons are singing tonight. New York, NY: Greenwillow Books.
    Call# J 811 P
    Nasty dragons, computer dragons, silly and sick dragons, thunder dragons, and pet dragons are gathered together and described in infectious rhyme and accompanied with loving, detailed oil and gouache paintings.

    George, K. O. (2002). Little dog and Duncan. New York, NY: Clarion Books.
    Call# J 811 G
    The sequel to Little Dog Poems is just as engaging as the original. Duncan, an Irish wolfhound, is sleeping over at Little Dog's. Little Dog's little girl describes the doggy companion's activities in thirty brief, lighthearted poems.

    Sierra, J. (2001). Monster Goose. San Diego, CA: Harcourt.
    Call# J 811 S
    Horrors! Mother Goose has been turned upside down and inside out. Werewolf Bo Creep, Weird Mother Hubbard, and Little Miss Mummy are just a few of horrible characters contained in this fractured rhyming collection. Frightfully good fun from Sierra.

    Florian, D. (2000). Mammalabilia: Poems and paintings. San Diego, CA: Harcourt.
    Call# J 811 F
    Twenty-one short, clever, fun-to-read animal poems accompanied by witty, spirited paintings.

    Janeczko, P. (2001). A poke in the I. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.
    Call# J 811 J

  • Ages 9+

    Attenborough, E. (Ed.). (2001). Poetry by heart: A child's book of poems to remember. New York, NY: Scholastic, Chicken House.
    Call# J 811 M
    Over 100 poems were selected with the aim of children memorizing them. A poem learned by heart is yours forever.

    Williams, V. B. (2001). Amber was brave, Essie was smart: The story of Amber and Essie. New York, NY: Greenwillow Books.
    Call# J 811 W
    These short poems are filled with the joyous and sad moments in the lives of two girls whose father is away and whose mother struggles to make ends meet. This is a perfect read-aloud that will be read over and over again.

  • Ages 10+

    Clinton, C. (Ed.). (1998).  I, too, sing America: Three centuries of African American poetry. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
    Call# J 808.8 I
    This collection, packed with passionate words, resonates with centuries of voices long denied. Recognizable names such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Maya Angelou, Rita Dove, Gwendolyn Brooks, Amiri Baraka, and Langston Hughes abound, while Lucy Terry's Bars Fight, the first known poem composed by an African-American may be unfamiliar. Clinton provides a concise biography of each of the poets.

  • Ages 12+

    Sones, S. (1999). Stop pretending: What happened when my big sister went crazy. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.
    Call# 811 S698s & F S
    This series of poems features a thirteen-year-old protagonist whose sister experiences a mental breakdown. The blank verse is sharp and spare, yet captures the anguish of the whole family's suffering.

Claudia Lewis Award

The Children's Book Committee, Claudia Lewis Award is given for the best poetry book of the year. Below are some recent winners.

Woodson, J. (2014). Brown girl dreaming. New York, NY: Nancy Paulsen Books.
Call# J B Woodson

Sidman, J. (2014). Winter bees & other poems of the cold. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Call# J 811.54 S

Sidman, J. (2013). What the heart knows: Chants, charms, and blessings. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Call# J 811 S

Lewis, P. J. (Ed.). (2012). National Geographic book of animal poetry: 200 poems with photographs that squeak, soar, and roar! Washington DC: National Geographic.
Call# J 808.81 N

George, K. O. (2011). Emma dilemma: Big sister poems. New York, NY: Clarion Books.
Call# J 811 G

Wolf, A. (2011). The watch that ends the night. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.
Call# F W.

Raczka, B. (2010). Guyku: A year of haiku for boys. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Books.
Call# J 811 R

Sidman, J. (2009). Red sings from the treetops: A year in colors. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Books.
Call# J 811.54 S