Category Archives: Poetry

Full Cicada Moon

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton Grades 4 & up The year is 1969 and Mimi dreams of becoming an astronaut. She has just moved from Berkeley, California to a small college town in Vermont where her father is a … Continue reading

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Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle Grades 5 & up This hauntingly beautiful memoir in verse carries the theme of wings and flying throughout Margarita Engle’s childhood. Growing up in Los Angeles, she spent many … Continue reading

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Booked

Booked by Kwame Alexander Grades 4 & up Eighth grader Nick Hall lives and breathes soccer. Unfortunately his father feels the same way about words and even wrote his own dictionary, which he is forcing Nick to read. When Nick’s … Continue reading

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How I Discovered Poetry

How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson Grades 4 & up Acclaimed poet Marilyn Nelson looks back at the 1950s, a pivotal decade in her own life as well as that of the rest of the country, through a series … Continue reading

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Dust of Eden

Dust of Eden by Mariko Nagai Grades 4 & up Mina Masako Tagawa’s life is turned upside down when Japan bombs Pearl Harbor. Growing up in Seattle, she considered herself 100% American, until the people around her start telling her … Continue reading

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The Red Pencil

The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney Grades 5 & up Amira receives a new toob and a drawing stick for her twelfth birthday. Growing up in Sudan hasn’t always been easy, but life on her family’s farm has been … Continue reading

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Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal

Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle Grades 5 & up Told in free verse poetry, Silver People tells the story of the digging of the Panama Canal, and the racism that was used to segregate the … Continue reading

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House Arrest

House Arrest by K.A. Holt Grades 5-8 When Timothy steals a wallet to pay for his baby brother’s medicine, he is caught and sentenced to a year’s probation and house arrest. One of the conditions of his probation is to … Continue reading

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Red Butterfly

Red Butterfly by A.L. Sonnichsen Kara has grown up living in a small apartment in Tianjin, China, with her Mama who rarely leaves the apartment. Her Daddy is in Montana, and though Kara thinks it would be easier to just … Continue reading

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Rhyme Schemer

Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt Grades 4-8 Kevin is having a rough start to seventh grade, and is jotting his feelings down in a notebook in free verse poetry (though he doesn’t realize that is what it is yet). His … Continue reading

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