June 19, 2009


The Bat-Poet
by Randall Jarrell
illustrated by Maurice Sendak

This enchanting book tells the story of a little brown bat who is unable to sleep during the day. He keeps waking up and looking at the world. Soon, he begins to see life differently from the other bats. Through his poems, the bat tries to persuade the other bats to see the world his way.

Other books from my collection are:

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
by Paul Fleischman

Written to be read aloud by two voices - sometimes alternating, sometimes simultaneous - this is a collection of funny, sad, quiet, and loud poems to celebrate the world of insects.

If You Could Wear My Sneakers

by Sheree Fitch & Darcia Labrosse

Produced in association with UNICEF, this delightful book of poetry raises awareness of the rights of children all over the world.

One Hundred Years of Poetry for Children
selected by Michael Harrison & Christopher Stuart-Clark

This anthology features a selection of wonderful poems and poets on a wide diversity of subjects such as mystery, animals, war, and love.

Love That Dog

 A novel written in verse that tells the story of Jack, who finds his voice with the help of paper, pencil, teacher, and dog. A good introduction to modern poetry.

Now We Are Six
When We Were Very Young
by A.A. Milne, with charming illustrations by E.H. Shepard

Two classic books from the creators of Winnie-the-Pooh. 

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