of the Center for Children's Books
|The Bulletin Dozen is a monthly
theme-based booklist available as an online-only Bulletin
feature. Since we're awfully fond of bakers here at the Bulletin,
we thought we'd adopt their philosophy of generosity and throw in an
extra one or two when we have them to offer--so don't expect an even
dozen. Please feel free to copy, download, or link to these lists. We
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for lists from previous months.
Poems at Play: A Verse Dozen (but Not a Dozen
--selected by Cindy Welch, Reviewer
There’s always plenty of new poetry coming out, so we thought
we’d revisit the subject, here with a particular focus on the merry and
musical. Not for the stuffed-shirt set, these poetic treats include
something to think about, sing along to, and just plain read aloud for
the pure fun of it. Enjoy!
- Chernaik, Judith, ed. Carnival of the Animals: Poems
Inspired by Saint-Saens' Music; illus. by Satoshi Kitamura.
Candlewick, 2006. Gr. 3-6
Saint Saens' “Carnival of the Animals” provides inspiration for these
thirteen animal poems, each by a different author. (BCCB 5/06)
- Ehrhardt, Karen. This Jazz Man; illus. by R.G. Roth.
Harcourt, 2006. 5-9 yrs
Sing along with a jazzy, snazzy version of the children's favorite,
“This Old Man.” Beee-diddly-doo-ah. (BCCB 3/07)
- Florian, Douglas. Bow Wow Meow Meow: It's Rhyming Cats and
written and illus. by Douglas Florian. Harcourt, 2003. Gr. 2-4
With subjects ranging from the whippet to the jaguarundi, eleven dog
poems and ten cat verses celebrate the loyal, the fierce and the furry.
- Janeczko, Paul B. Wing Nuts: Screwy Haiku; by Paul B.
Janeczko and J. Patrick Lewis; illus. by Tricia Tusa. Little, 2006. Gr.
Can you haiku? Janeczko can, and does, in this collection of short
poems that pun, poke fun, and play with words. (BCCB 4/06)
- Katz, Alan. Where Did They Hide My Presents?: Silly
Christmas Songs; illus. by David Catrow. McElderry, 2005. Gr.
Old Christmas carols have never sounded as funny as they do with the
new words provided by these fourteen poems. (BCCB 12/05)
- Katz, Bobbi. Once around the Sun; illus. by
Harcourt, 2006. 5-8 yrs
An African-American cast of characters populate a year's worth of
poems, discovering something wonderful in each month. (BCCB 7/06)
- MacLachlan, Patricia. Once I Ate a Pie; by Patricia
and Emily MacLachlan Charest; illus. by Katy Schneider.
Cotler/HarperCollins, 2006. 5-8 yrs
These fourteen canine offerings explore the many sides of humans’ best
friends, featuring doggy subjects ranging from puppies to
snack-sneakers, herders to sun-sleepers. (BCCB 6/06)
- Marsalis, Wynton. Jazz A B Z: An A to Z Collection of Jazz
Portraits; with biographical sketches by Phil Schaap; illus. by
Rogers. Candlewick, 2005. Gr. 8-12
From A for Louis Armstrong to Z for Dizzy Gillespie, words and art pay
tribute to great jazz musicians of our time. (BCCB 1/06)
- Perry, Andrea. Here's What You Do When You Can't Find
(Ingenious Inventions for Pesky Problems); illus. by Alan Snow.
Atheneum, 2003. Gr. 3-6
Maximumbrellas, Veggies Be Gone (so you don't have to eat the dratted
leafy things), and Footsie Floss are just a few of the fanciful
inventions meant to solve life's pesky problems. (BCCB 3/03)
- Prelutsky, Jack. Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Other
illus. by Carin Berger. Greenwillow, 2006. Gr. 3-7
This delightful collection of doggerel describes unlikely animals that
include the Umbrellaphant, the Lynx of Chain and the Circular Sawtoise.
- Rex, Adam. Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich;
written and illus. by
Adam Rex. Harcourt, 2006. Gr. 3-7
Move over, Weird Al; these monstrous verses make good fun to the tune
of Broadway and pop chart classics. (BCCB 9/06)
- Scieszka, Jon. Science Verse; illus. by Lane
Smith. Viking, 2004.
Well-known poems such as “The Raven” and “The Night Before Christmas”
are subverted by science into verse on everything from evolution to
viruses. (BCCB 11/04)
- Sidman, Joyce. Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the
illus. by Beth Krommes. Houghton, 2006. Gr. 4-7
Pairs of poems pose riddles related to the plants and animals in a
pond's ecosystem, and short paragraphs provide answers and insight into
this fragile world. (BCCB 10/06)
- Sidman, Joyce. Meow Ruff: A Story in Concrete Poetry;
Michelle Berg. Houghton, 2006. Gr. 2-4
Concrete poetry, verse in the shape of the thing it describes, takes
center stage in this adventure shared by a dog and his new feline
friend. (BCCB 5/06)
- Thayer, Ernest L. Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic
in the Year 1888; illus. by C.F. Payne. Simon, 2003. Gr. 4-8
This gently humorous epic poem of triumph and tragedy describes the
fateful day Mighty Casey stepped up to the plate for the Mudville Nine.
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