April is National Poetry Month!

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Big Green Crocodile by Jane Newberry
Specially devised to entertain and delight very young children (and incidentally to help along their vocabulary and cognitive skills) here are sixteen original play-rhymes with child-friendly illustrations to cover the events of a baby’s or toddler’s day, and guidance on how to play: Tickle Beetle runs round your tummy, Tickle Beetle jumps on your nose, Tickle Beetle runs down your leg And jumps up and down on your toes, Up and down, up and down, He jumps up and down on your toes! (Create a nice sensory experience by wiggling your fingers and tickling gently, as much or as little as your baby likes.) The rhymes cover the day, from morning playtime and lunchtime to being out and about, teatime, evening playtime, bathtime and bedtime. They feature jungle animals, farm animals, buzzing bees, big green crocodiles of course, tractors, rockets, aeroplanes – and lots more!

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In The Woods by David Elliott
The animals in the dark woods are secretive, their inner lives a mystery. The stealthy bobcat, the inquisitive raccoon, and the dignified bear waking up from his winter nap are just a few of the glorious animals featured in this clever collection of poems and woodland scenes.

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My Thoughts are Clouds: Poems for Mindfulness by Georgia Heard
A poetry collection that both illustrates what mindfulness is and encourages young, growing minds to be present.




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Bark in the Park! Poems for Dog Lovers by Avery Corman
Go on a walk to the park with all different kinds of dogs and their owners in this funny and charming poetry picture book. Enjoy Avery Corman’s canine poetry for an Afghan hound, basset hound, beagle, bloodhound, Daschshund, boxer, greyhound, and more as they stroll with their owners to the park.

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This Poem is a Nest by Irene Latham
This beautiful poetry collection introduces readers to the art of found poetry as the poet writes a 37-line poem, “Nest,” then finds 160 smaller poems within it. What can you find in a poem about a robin’s nest? Irene Latham masterfully discovers “nestlings” or smaller poems about an astonishing variety of subjects–emotions, wild animals, natural landmarks on all seven continents, even planets and constellations. Each poem is a glorious spark of wonder that will prompt readers to look at the world afresh. The book includes an introduction detailing the principles of found poetry and blackout poetry, and a section of tips at the end. The joyous creativity in this volume is certain to inspire budding poets.

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The Sun Shines Everywhere by Mary Ann Hoberman
Rhyming text and illustrations celebrate the sun’s constancy through history and around the world.


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On a Snow-melting Day: Seeking Signs of Spring by Buffy Silverman
The world comes to life on a snow-melting day.


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All Welcome Here by James Preller
A picture book collection of haiku poems celebrates the first day of school and all of its excitement, challenges, and anxieties, while multimedia paintings and collages by the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of The Noisy Paintbox depict diverse characters navigating relatable first day experiences.


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Follow the Recipe: Poems about imagination, celebration, and cake by Marilyn Singer
A collection of poems written in the form of recipes.




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Giggly Wiggly: Playtime Rhymes by Michael Rosen
Michael Rosen invites children to joyfully celebrate sounds and the infinite possibilities of language with these nine clever poems adapted from A Great Big Cuddle. Nonsense verses with the feel of classic nursery rhymes tickle the ear and set feet tapping while expressive illustrations by Chris Riddell illuminate the larger-than-life characters. With subject matter that runs the gamut of a child’s emotional range from hungry and angry to wiggly and giggly, this collection will delight little listeners.

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Photo Ark: Celebrating our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures by Kwame Alexander
Presents poems about animals, including butterflies, monkeys, frogs, tortoises, alligators, and tigers.

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A Hatful of Dragons: and more than 13.8 billion other funny poems by Vikram Madan
Warning: this book has dragons, robot uncles, aliens, a combative mosquito and, most dangerous of all, more than 13.8 billion poems, conveniently fit into 64 pages of pure silliness. You may never stop reading!