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Open Book Recommends: Children's Poetry Books

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April is National Poetry Month, presenting a perfect opportunity to introduce young readers to the world of Canadian poetry. Last week we shared a list of recommended poetry collections for adults and this week, we've put together a list of some excellent poetry for young readers.

Don't forget to visit our event pages at Open Book: Toronto and Open Book: Ontario to find National Poetry Month events happening throughout the month of April.

Daisy's Big Night (Kids Can Press) by Sandra V. Feder and illustrated by Susan Mitchell
Daisy's Big Night is not a book of poetry, but rather a book for early readers about poetry. Kids will delight in following along with the easy-to-understand explanations of different poetry styles and will be encouraged to play and have fun with words. This book is a perfect tie-in to an elementary school's unit on poetry.

Crazy About Soccer! (Annick Press) by Loris Lesynski and illustrated by Gerry Rasmussen
The rhythmic, funny verses in Loris Lesynski's newest collection will appeal to any young reader who has ever played soccer. Accompanied by wonderfully silly artwork, Crazy About Soccer! captures the joy of one of the most popular schoolyard games.

Crazy About Basketball! (Annick Press) by Loris Lesynski and illustrated by Gerry Rasmussen
A perfect compliment to Crazy About Soccer!, Crazy About Basketball! is a collection of fun, energetic poems that any young basketball fan will enjoy. Full of energy, humour and delightfully ridiculous artwork, this book is perfect for the reluctant poetry reader.

There Was an Old Sailor (Kids Can Press) by Claire Saxby and illustrated by Cassandra Allen
In Claire Saxby's fun, new take on the song "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," kids will meet a white-beared, big-bellied sailor who swallows a krill. The playful, rhyming story is complemented by Cassandra Allen's jaunty artwork and is a wonderful read-aloud choice for storytime.

What Can You Do With Only One Shoe? Reuse, Recycle, Reinvent (Annick Press) by Sheryl Shapiro and Simon Shapiro and illustrated by Francis Blake
In Sheryl and Simon Shapiro's inventive collection of poems, they show young readers how 13 everyday items can be transformed into something else (a shoe becomes a bird's nest, for example). Using lighthearted, fun rhymes and lively illustrations, What Can You Do With Only One Shoe? teaches kids the value of recycling and repurposing.

Buy these books at your local independent bookstore or online at Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

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