Book Reviews

age 12+
 
Poignant memoir-in-verse recalls Cuban-American's childhood.
By Margarita Engle
(2015)
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age 11+
 
Moving verse tale of girl's experience in Darfur genocide.
By Andrea Davis Pinkney
(2014)
age 10+
 
Excellent poems depict coming of age in tumultuous 1960s.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2014)
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age 7+
 
Irreverent collection offers mind-opening poems for kids.
By Karma Wilson
(2014)
age 9+
 
Short, funny poems a sure bet to delight kids.
By Douglas Florian
(2014)
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age 14+
 
Gritty sequel about abused sisters lacks original's spark.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2013)
age 3+
 
Poems of the seasons double as catchy songs for kids.
By Michael DeWall, Peter Elman
(2013)
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age 14+
 
Intense tale of teen breaking free from her abusive home.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2006)
age 6+
 
Irresistible collection of clever, hilarious poems.
By Shel Silverstein
(2004)
age 9+
 
Another classic poetry collection by the master of whimsy.
By Shel Silverstein
(2011)
age 6+
 
Treasure of lost Seuss tales a great all-ages read-aloud.
By Dr. Seuss
(2011)
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age 15+
 
Teens learn to live for themselves in intense, mature book.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2011)
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age 16+
 
First in controversial verse poetry series about addiction.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2004)
age 6+
 
Award-winning poetry book is both scientific and magical.
By Joyce Sidman
(2010)
age 6+
 
Words and watercolors sing in a voice as deep as the river.
By Langston Hughes
(2009)
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age 5+
 
Photos bring sparkling tone to simple poem of celebration.
By Langston Hughes
(2009)
age 9+
 
This grim collection is too scary for the youngest kids.
By Jack Prelutsky
(2009)
age 6+
 
A to Z poetry will inspire and teach young eco-activists.
By Jacob Angel
(2008)
age 6+
 
Exquisite poetry and artwork will excite kids of all ages.
By Joyce Sidman
(2009)
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age 4+
 
African-American Civil Rights worker celebrated in poetry.
By Ntozake Shange
(2009)

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