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THE NEGRO SPEAKS OF RIVERS (Disney, Jump at the Sun Books 2009), is a poem widely acknowledged by many to be the song of the Harlem Renaissance, and the poet who wrote it at age eighteen, Langston Hughes, to be the voice. As illustrated by E. B. Lewis, in powerful and vivid watercolor,  it sings about the strength and courage of black people in America and around the world. “I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep … and I’ve seen its muddy bosom turn all golden in the sunset.” The thing about rivers is that they run through all of our lives and the songs they sing are universal. Share this with the children in your life.


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A Maze Me: Poems for Girls by Naomi Shihab Nye

April 22, 2015

Nye’s A Maze Me: Poems for Girls (Greenwillow Books, 2014) is a tender tribute to girls from the ages to 11 to 13, an honest study of a young girl’s need to be heard. Regarding pre-adolescent girls, Nye states, “I want to talk to her. Ask her things. See what she is looking at, off […]

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Won Ton and Chopstick

April 19, 2015

Won Ton and Chopstick: A Cat and Dog Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw and Eugene Yelchin (Henry Holt and Company 2015), is the charming companion book to the award-winning Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku. As the sequel begins, Won Ton – a former shelter cat – has settled nicely into his new routines. It’s a fine life, […]

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Librarian’s Corner: Kristen Remenar Picks More Poetry!

April 16, 2015

For those who mistakenly believe that poetry is all about roses and violets and love (mushy!), here are some new earthy and brilliantly uncouth collections. No mush, just good (sometimes gross) giggles! For the youngest readers: Ode to a Commode: Concrete Poems written by Brian P. Cleary and illustrated by Andy Rowland (Millbrook Press, 2015) […]

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Librarian’s Corner: Kristen Remenar Picks Poetry!

April 12, 2015

April is considered Poetry Month, but don’t limit these gems to just 30 days – share them all year long! For the youngest readers: Firebird written by Misty Copeland and illustrated by Christopher Myers (Putnam, 2014) A little girl sees ballet soloist Misty Copeland and thinks “the space between you and me/ is longer than forever”. Misty […]

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The “Things” Of Poetry

April 8, 2015

Over the past ten years, Paul Janeczko and Chris Raschka have collaborated on four poetry anthologies for young and not-so-young readers. Each collection has focused on a different aspect of poetry: A Poke in the I is a collection of concrete poems; A Kick in the Head explores different poetic forms, such as Haiku, Triolet, Limericks, […]

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Poetry Begins Here

April 5, 2015

If you’ve somehow missed or misunderstood all the goodness that is poetry, don’t wait a moment longer! Discover again, or perhaps for the first time, the lyrical language and rhythm of poetry rhymes. Start by introducing yourself and the young ones in your life to the wonderful world of words found in the following books for the […]

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