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Books in this category include some traditional and some non-traditional versions of stories and poems from around the world. Some of these tales convey life lessons; others are intended to delight and amuse the reader or listener. Some of the poems were written by children.
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1.   A Child's Calendar
Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator), John Updike (Author)
A collection of 12 poems describing the activities in a child's life as well as the changes in the weather from January to December.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
2.   A Movie in My Pillow/Una Pelicula En Mi Almohada
Jorge Argueta (Author), Elizabeth Gomez (Illustrator)
Poetry from El Salvador, in English and Spanish.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
3.   Angels Ride Bikes and Other Fall Poems/Los ángeles andan en bicicleta y otros poemas de otono
Francisco X. Alarcón (Author), Maya Christina Gonzalez (Illustrator)
A renowned Mexican-American poet revisits and celebrates his childhood memories of fall in the city.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
4.   Brown Angels: An Album of Pictures and Verse
Written by
Walter Dean Myers
A collection of thirty pictures of African-American children with original poems that celebrate their life and pride.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
5.   Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea
Floyd Cooper (Illustrator), Joyce Carol Thomas (Author)
A collection of poems to remind us who we are.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
6.   Calling of the Doves/El canto de las palomas
Juan Felipe Herrera (Author), Elly Simmons (Illustrator)
The author recalls his childhood in the mountains and valleys of California with his farmworker parents who inspired him with poetry and song.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
7.   Children of Asian America
Gene H. Mayeda (Illustrator), Sandra S. Yamate (Author)
An anthology of original poems and children's stories.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
8.   Come to the Great World: Poems from Around the Globe
Written by
Wendy Cooling
Poems and traditional chants that focus on common issues and concerns of children everywhere.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
9.   Cool Melons Turn to Frogs! The Life and Poems of Issa
Matthew Gollub (Author), Kazuko G. Stone (Illustrator)
A biography of and introduction to the work of the Japanese haiku poet.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
 
10.   Elegy on the Death of Cesar Chavez
Rudolfo A. Anaya (Adapter), Gaspar Enriquez (Illustrator)
Chicano novelist Rudolfo Anaya was greatly influenced by the heroic life of labor and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. This poem eulogizes Cesar and his work, expressing the grief of la gente and calling all peoples together to continue the nonviolent struggle for freedom and justice. Includes a chronology of Cesar's life.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
11.   Father Gander Nursery Rhymes
Doug Larche (Author), Carolyn Blattel (Illustrator)
This book is a collection of nursery rhymes in which boys and girls are treated completely equally. This collection has rhymes that are nonsexist, nonracist, and nonviolent.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 1]
 
12.   Feelings
Written by
Aliki
This book uses poems and pictures to describe the various emotions that all humans feel: happiness, sadness, jealousy, joy, fear and love.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
13.   From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems/Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de veramo
Francisco X. Alarcón (Author), Maya Christina Gonzalez (Illustrator)
A collection of twenty-two bilingual poems inspired by the author's recollections of childhood summers in Mexico.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
14.   Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English
Alma Flor Ada (Author), Simon Silva (Illustrator)
The letters of the alphabet are presented through English and Spanish poetry.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
15.   Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems
Diane Dillon (Illustrator), Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Eloise Greenfield (Author)
Poems that speak of the simple joys of everyday life.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
16.   I Like Being Me: Poems for Children About Feeling Special, Appreciating Others, and Getting Along
Judy Lalli (Author), Douglas L. Mason-Fry (Photographer)
Rhyming poetry helps children think about cooperation, sharing, helping others and making positive choices.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
17.   I See the Rhythm
Toyomi Igus (Author), Michele Wood (Illustrator)
A visual and poetic introduction to the history of African-American music.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
18.   In Daddy's Arms I am Tall
Written and Illustrated by
Javaka Steptoe
A collection of poems written by a number of poets celebrating African-American fathers.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
19.   Jerusalem Sky
Written by
Mark H. Podwal
According to legend, the Jerusalem sky held off the rains for seven years while King Solomon built his temple. In the Jerusalem sky, the Bible says, a rising star announced the birth of Jesus. Through that same sky, Islamic belief holds, Muhammad climbed to heaven. Now the Jerusalem sky fills with the sounds of worshippers praying for peace in the synagogues, churches, and mosques.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
20.   New Year Be Coming!A Gullah Year
Katharine Boling (Author), Daniel Minter (Illustrator)
Verses written in the Gullah dialect of the southeastern U.S. seacoast and illustrated in woodcuts describe the months of the year and the activities of each month.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
21.   Night on Neighborhood Street
Eloise Greenfield (Author), Jan Spivey (Illustrator)
A collection of poems exploring the sights and sounds of a neighborhood during one evening.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
 
22.   Pass It On: African-American Poetry for Children
Floyd Cooper (Illustrator), Wade Hudson (Selecter)
A collection of poems about childhood.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
23.   Rising Voices: Writings of Young Native Americans
Arlene B. Hirschfelder (Author), Beverly R. Singer (Author)
A collection of essays and poems that share the thoughts and feelings of young Native Americans.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
 
24.   The Big Book for Peace
Ann Durell (Editor), Marilyn Sachs (Editor)
Seventeen stories, poems, and a song written by well-known authors describing many different forms of peace.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
 
25.   The Crayon Box that Talked
Shane Derolf (Author), Michael Letzig (Illustrator)
Although they are many different colors, the crayons in a box discover that when they get together they can appreciate each other and make a complete picture.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
 
26.   Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back: A Native American Year of Moons
Joseph Bruchac (Author), Thomas Locker (Illustrator), Jonathan London (Author)
Poems from the legends of Native American Tribes.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
 
27.   Together We Are Together
Written by
St. Brigid's Head Start Children
Children's poetry captures their everyday experiences, as they reflect on themselves, their friends and their awareness of differences around them.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 1]
 
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