A Song about Myself - John Keats, Chris Raschka

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Originally included in a letter to his sister, written to make her smile, poet John Keats’s A Song About Myself (Candlewick, $17.99) does not disappoint. A whimsical rhyme brought to life by Chris Raschka’s detailed and delightful watercolor illustrations takes you on a romp through the countryside of Scotland with the young Keats. Arriving at the end of the poem, you feel like you’ve just finished a long walk with a close friend. In four short chapters, Keats has crafted a fast-paced story while providing opportunities for the reader to pause and reflect along the way. It’s a journey you’ll want to make all over again. Ages 6-9.

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By John Keats, Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763650902
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Candlewick - March 14th, 2017

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance - Nikki Grimes

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Ever heard of the Golden Shovel poetry form? Experience the uplift, empowerment, and inspiration of One Last Word (Bloomsbury, $18.99) and you won’t soon forget it. Nikki Grimes has seamlessly integrated verses from 8 poets of the Harlem Renaissance into her newly composed poems and paired them with original artwork by 15 noted African-American illustrators, including Christopher Myers, Brian Pinkney, and Grimes herself. These depictions of love and resilience reflect on history while simultaneously providing continued hope for the future. Biographies included in the back of the book provide a solid bridge for readers to continue their exploration of these master poets of the past and visual artists of today. Ages 10-14.

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ISBN: 9781619635548
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - January 3rd, 2017

Marta! Big & Small - Jen Arena, Angela Dominguez

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Follow Marta as she descends her from her tree house, ready to explore the wildlife inhabiting the fanciful “jungle” of her backyard. Using over 16 Spanish vocabulary words alongside their English counterparts, author Jen Arena captures various perspectives of each encounter: “To a bug, Marta is grande. Big, very big.” Readers will delight in Angela Dominguez’s colorful illustrations as suspense builds to a thrilling climax. In the end, young readers will breathe a sigh of relief, relax, and spend time with Marta inside her tree house, reflecting on the day’s adventures and revisiting the new vocabulary they learned throughout the story. Destined to be a family favorite, Marta! Big & Small (Roaring Book, $16.99) is sure to be requested for story time over and over again. Ages 4-7.

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By Jen Arena, Angela Dominguez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626722439
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 23rd, 2016