I count on the nominations for the annual Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards to keep me up to date on poetry books. Suggestions for the 2008 prize are stacking up at the Cybils web site, and here are some that I added to our library list so far. (Don't worry. I'll only pick up a couple at a time.)
Frankenstein Takes the Cake, by Adam Rex
Honeybee, by Naomi Shihab Nye
Lady Liberty, written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Matt Tavares
M Is for Mischief: An A to Z of Naughty Children, by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Nancy Carpenter.
America at War: Poems Selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Stephen Alcorn
Shrinking Days, Frosty Nights: Poems About Fall, by Laura Purdie Salas
My Letter to the World and Other Poems by Emily Dickinson, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Pirates, written by David L. Harrison and illustrated by Dan Burr
Imaginary Menagerie: A Book of Curious Creatures, written by Julie Larios and illustrated by Julie Paschkis
Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat, edited by Nikki Giovanni
Birds on a Wire, written by J. Patrick Lewis & Paul B. Janeczko, and illustrated by Gary Lippincott
For more rhyme and meter and such, check the Poetry Friday roundup at the blog Two Writing Teachers.
photo: "Parking Lot Puddle," by me