Poetry Reviews For All Ages

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Poetry plays a vital role in the world of children’s literature. It gives children a sense of rhythm and sound, and it can make simple concepts interesting. Often it is funny and engaging, a clever use of language making the poetry entertaining and unique. Below you will find some poetry collections for readers of all ages. More books written in rhyme and other poetry forms can be found in the other review sections.

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Song for a Summer Night: A Lullaby

Song for a Summer Night: A Lullaby

Robert Heidbreder
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Groundwood Books, 2015   ISBN: 978-1554984930
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The Barefoot Book of Earth Poems

The Barefoot Book of Earth Poems

Complied by Judith Nicholls
Illustrator:  Beth Krommes 
Poetry Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Barefoot Books, 2016   ISBN: 978-1782852780
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Animal Ark: Celebrating our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures

Animal Ark: Celebrating our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures

Kwame Alexander
Photographer: Joel Sartore
Poetry Picture Book
For ages 5 to 8
National Geographic Children's Books, 2017   ISBN: 978-1426327674
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A is for Abraham: A Jewish Family Alphabet

A is for Abraham: A Jewish Family Alphabet

Richard Michelson
Illustrator:  Ron Mazellan 
Nonfiction and Poetry Picture Book  Series
For ages 6 to 12
Sleeping Bear Press, 2013   ISBN: 978-1585363223
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One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance

Nikki Grimes
Illustrator:  a host of talented illustrators 
Poetry
For ages 10 to 14
Bloomsbury , 2017   ISBN: 978-1619635548
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Stone Mirrors: The Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis

Stone Mirrors: The Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis

Jeannine Atkins
Poetry
For ages 13 and up
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017   ISBN: 978-1481459051
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This Is Our Earth

This Is Our Earth

Laura Lee Benson
Illustrator:  John Corrozza 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Charlesbridge, 1994   ISBN: 978-0881068382
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Once I Ate a Pie

Once I Ate a Pie

Patricia MacLachlan , Emily MacLachlan Charest
Illustrator:  Katy Schneider 
Poetry Picture Book
For ages 6 and up
HarperCollins, 2006   ISBN: 978-0060735319
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Sing a Season Song

Sing a Season Song

Jane Yolen
Illustrator:  Lisel Jane Ashlock 
Poetry Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Creative Editions, 2015   ISBN: 978-1568462554
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