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Juvenile poetry

  • Author:
    Wardlaw, Lee
    Summary:

    A cat arrives at a shelter, arranges to go home with a good family, and settles in with them, all the while letting them know who is boss and, finally, sharing his real name.

  • Author:
    Milne, A. A.
    Summary:

    From the unabridged collection "A.A. Milne's Pooh Classics," here are all of the poems and verses from When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six.

  • Author:
    Lewis, J. Patrick
    Summary:

    Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis crafts poetic portraits of civil rights luminaries in this important work. From Coretta Scott King and Gandhi to Nelson Mandela and Jackie Robinson, When Thunder Comes resounds with the voices of heroes who changed the world.

  • Author:
    Skene, Pat, Ross, Graham
    Summary:

    The poems in this book tell stories of animals and nature, from two sweaty hippos, a smiling lizard and some creepy crawlers to a few tricky dandelions. At the end of each poem, find out more in an interview with a key character or a list of fascinating facts.

  • Author:
    Coombs, Kate
    Summary:

    Come down to the shore with this rich and vivid celebration of the ocean! With moving poems by Kate Coombs, this collection of poems evokes the beauty and power, the depth and mystery, and the endless resonance of the sea.

  • Author:
    Fitch, Sheree, Smith, Sydney
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    I stuck my toes In my noseAnd I couldn’t get them out… Silly, funny, and outrageous, Toes in My Nose is the book that launched Sheree Fitch’s career as Canada’s premiere nonsense poet. From Popcorn Pete and Mabel Murple to Zelba Zinnamon, these are some of the best-loved poems and characters in Canadian children’s literature. In this twenty-fifth anniversary edition, award-winning illustrator Sydney Smith’s new illustrations hilariously portray a neighbourhood of kids flying to the moon, playing banjo with orangutans, and bathing with submarines. Toes in My Nose will introduce a whole new generation to Sheree Fitch’s magnificent feat of imagination.

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    A collection of poems, stories, and essays written by girls twelve to eighteen years of age and revealing the secrets which enabled them to overcome the challenges they faced.

  • Author:
    Macfarlane, Robert, Morris, Jackie, Bowman, Edith, Garvey, Guy, Matthews, Cerys, Zephaniah, Benjamin
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    FINALIST, WAINWRIGHT PRIZE. In 2007, when a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary - widely used in schools around the world - was published, a sharp-eyed reader soon noticed that around forty common words concerning nature had been dropped. Apparently they were no longer being used enough by children to merit their place in the dictionary. The list of these "lost words" included acorn, adder, bluebell, dandelion, fern, heron, kingfisher, newt, otter, and willow. Among the words taking their place were attachment, blog, broadband, bullet-point, cut-and-paste, and voice-mail. The news of these substitutions - the outdoor and natural being displaced by the indoor and virtual - became seen by many as a powerful sign of the growing gulf between childhood and the natural world. Ten years later, Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris set out to make a "spell book" that will conjure back twenty of these lost words, and the beings they name, from acorn to wren. By the magic of word and paint, they sought to summon these words again into the voices, stories, and dreams of children and adults alike, and to celebrate the wonder and importance of everyday nature. The Lost Words is that book - a work that has already cast its extraordinary spell on hundreds of thousands of people and begun a grass-roots movement to re-wild childhood across Britain, Europe, and North America.

  • Author:
    Alderson, Sue Ann
    Summary:

    Introduces children to the urgent concerns of saving the earth, by starting with a child's eye view of one cherished part of it. Musical poems convey not only the sights and sounds of a nature preserve, but its textures and seasons, its plants and birds and animals.

  • Author:
    Kalluk, Celina
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    In this bedtime poem, written by Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk, an Inuit mother sings to her Kulu--or baby--about animals and other elements in their Arctic world and the gifts they bring to the child, from the summer sun's warm light to the Arctic hare's love, muskox's power, and caribou's patience.

  • Author:
    Duguay Mallet, Chantal
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    Sous l'arbre, une drôle de faune grouille et pépie. Il y a le bruant familier qui joue au chevalier, le colibri qui prépare une salade de fruits, un geai bleu qui mélange des oeufs, une hirondelle qui lave une montagne de vaisselle, un merle d'Amérique qui bâtit une maison en brique, un carouge à épaulettes qui agite une baguette... mais cette joyeuse faune doit faire bien attention au chaton qui guette, perché sur les branches.

  • Author:
    Heidbreder, Robert
    Summary:

    As night falls on a soft summer evening, neighborhood children are drawn out of their houses by the sights and sounds of the world after dark. First the fireflies come sparkling past, followed by a host of domestic and wild animals, from cats and dogs to owls and skunks. Accomplished children's poet Robert Heidbreder creates a world of enchantment, while Qin Leng's illustrations conjure the harmonious interplay between our everyday domestic world and one that is just a little bit wilder. All the characters, both human and otherwise, have their moment on the nighttime stage, but eventually, the curtain falls, and sleepiness beckons.

  • Author:
    Daniel, Danielle
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    "In this introduction to the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals, young children explain why they identify with different creatures such as a deer, beaver or moose. Delightful illustrations show the children wearing masks representing their chosen animal, while the few lines of text on each page work as a series of simple poems throughout the book."

  • Author:
    Leach, Sara, Bender, Rebecca
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    Lauren, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (an umbrella term that has included Asperger Syndrome since 2013), navigates the ups and downs of school and home life. School friendships have always been a challenge, but Lauren finds she is exactly the friend a brand new classmate needs On slug days Lauren feels slow and slimy. She feels like everyone yells at her, and that she has no friends. Today there is a different bus driver; Dan and Sachi are sitting in Lauren's seat on the bus; and Lauren's teacher interrupts her reading time. It is definitely a slug day. But not every day is like this. On butterfly days Lauren makes her classmates laugh, or goes to get ice cream, or works on a special project with Mom. Lauren has Autism Spectrum Disorder (an umbrella term that has included Asperger Syndrome since 2013), and she sees the world differently from many people. Sometimes this can be frustrating and makes Lauren want to flip her lid, especially at school where she learns differently from her classmates. But with support and stubbornness and a flair that's all her own, Lauren masters tricks to stay calm, to understand others' feelings, and to let her personality shine. She even manages to find common ground with her sticky, slobbery baby sister. Best of all, it is being different that gives Lauren insight into the insecurities of the new student, Irma. Award-winning author Sara Leach writes Lauren's endearing story with empathy and humor, and sends her flying off like a butterfly into a new chapter of life with a new friend.

  • Author:
    Heidbreder, Robert
    Summary:

    Kids still not up? Still sound asleep? Snoozing rug-bugs in a heap. Time to do whatever it takes. Read aloud from SHAKE-AWAKES! Slimy, stinky, stuffed with dread- these poems will scare kids out of bed! But, hey, kids, there are poems for you, to wake up sleepy grown-ups too! Elves, green goo-oops!-stuff that breaks- you'll find them all in SHAKE-AWAKES!

  • Author:
    Skene, Pat, Ross, Graham
    Summary:

    In Rhyme Stones, we go spelunking, we meet a witch who can't stay on her broomstick, a schoolyard bully, and we see how a simple piece of cloth can become anything we want it to be. Each long poem is followed by an exclusive interview with the main character, and each short poem has a "trailer" of cool facts about the theme.

  • Author:
    Dahl, Roald
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    Humorous retellings in verse of six well-known fairy tales featuring surprise endings in place of the traditional happily-ever-after. In Dirty Beasts we meet a ghastly menagerie of wonderfully comic animals that can only have been invented by Roald Dahl. There is the toad that jumps to France--at his own peril; the pig who ponders the meaning of life; the anteater who gets the wrong end of the stick; and many more. Snigger, titter and laugh at their antics in this collection of irreverent and absurdly comic verse!

  • Author:
    Stepane, Mattie J. T., Winfrey, Oprah
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    "I write about anything that touches the essence of my existence. What I witness, what I feel, what I think, what I fear, what I treasure. I write about life, which is our greatest gift." —Mattie Stepanek, 1990-2004

    Mattie J. T. Stepanek lived and died a child, but he had the spirit of a giant. Affected by a rare and fatal neuromuscular disease, Mattie lived almost 14 years but in that time became a poet, best-selling author, peace activist, and a prominent voice for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Before his death in June 2004, his five volumes of Heartsongs poetry sold more than a million copies. Reflections of a Peacemaker: A Portrait Through Heartsongs is the final collection of Heartsongs that Mattie was working on when he died. It includes the last poem Mattie penned, along with a special collection of unpublished poetry, photographs and artwork spanning the decade from when he began writing Heartsongs at age three. Culled from the thousands of poems, essays and journal entries Mattie left behind, the entries in Reflections of a Peacemaker create a portrait of Mattie in his own words. In these poems he explores disability, despair, and death but also the gifts he finds in nature, prayer, peace and his belief in something "bigger and better than the here and now." The poems are grouped by theme such as playful, stormy, sacred and final Heartsongs, with each section introduced by a personal tribute from the likes of Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Larry King and former President Jimmy Carter. In the words of Mattie's mother Jeni Stepanek, who has published Reflections of a Peacemaker at her son's request, "In reading these poems we enter Mattie's world and gain insight through a child who somehow balanced pain and fear with optimism and faith."

  • Author:
    Sidman, Joyce
    Summary:

    The names of colors are woven into unrhymed poems that celebrate the seasons.

  • Author:
    Stone, Tiffany
    Summary:

    Humorous poems for children about colourful clothing, shoes, and even hair.

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