Poetry

Emily Writes: Emily Dickinson and Her Poetic Beginnings

Written by Jane Yolen, Illustrated by Christine Davenier Jane Yolen is well known for her “How Do Dinosaurs…” picture books as well as her many poetry books, so it’s only appropriate she would write a picture book about America’s most well-known female poet, Emily Dickinson. Not much is known about Emily’s childhood but Yolen takes …

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Up Verses Down

Poems, Paintings, and Serious Nonsense Written and Illustrated by Calef Brown Up Verses Down : Poems, Paintings, and Serious Nonsense is a wonderful book of silly poetry. It has beautiful illustrations to entice the reader and fun, rhythmic rhyming to twist your tongue. The vocabulary in this book makes it better suited for advanced readers, …

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Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir

Written by Nikki Grimes In this memoir, Nikki Grimes talks about her childhood and how while growing up she used writing to help her cope with difficult situations. Her mother suffered from schizophrenia and Grimes was eventually placed in foster care. She goes through childhood separated from her sister but realizes the magic of writing. …

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