NYPL's Children's Books 2011: Poetry
Annotation:Meet "Mustache Moe," a "Kid-Eating Land Shark," and other quirky characters in this collection of never-before-published poems and drawings from the beloved author of "Where the Sidewalk Ends".
Annotation:Raczka teases letters out of each poem's title to make playful, challenging word-puzzle poetry.
Annotation:"We rarely speak of the Taken, / But I will, just once, / Because you asked." Joy mixes with grief and sorrow as Wind brings news of a young boy, stolen by slavers, to his loving African father. A moving tale of the Middle Passage with majestic words and pictures.
Annotation:Hines's vibrant quilt art perfectly complements her reflections on all states of peacefulness, from harmony between siblings in "Sure Cure" to finding inner tranquility in "Calming the Busy Brain".
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As children's librarians shared this year's newest books with the children in their local libraries, it became clear that the old adage - the more things change, the more they stay the same - is truer than ever. From Xboxes to iPads, from Wii consoles to the hottest apps, technology ages in a blink of an eye, but the timelessness of a good tale will always engage even the most tech-savvy child. Here are some of the best poetry books of the 2011 year. Enjoy them with your families.