Opening with a concise yet powerful introduction by Arnold Rampersad on the history of African American Poetry (Sterling; $14.95) and edited by Rampersad and Marcellus Blount, this volume in the Poetry for Young People series is a necessary and powerful addition to every child’s library. Each new poet introduced in the volume is accompanied by significant biographical information and, when appropriate, the poems include a small glossary to help young readers interpret the language.  The collection includes a sampling of works by African American artists from the 1700s to present day, including but certainly not limited to Phillis Wheatley, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alice Walker, Nikki Giovanni and Elizabeth Alexander. Karen Barbour’s dramatic and colorful illustrations fully complement the compilation. Ages 10-13. – Kerri Poore

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By Karen Barbour (Illustrator), Arnold Rampersad (Editor), Marcellus Blount (Editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781402716898
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - January 1st, 2013

Eloise Greenfield’s classic collection of poems is celebrating 25 years in print: a quarter-decade of bouncing rhymes and rhythms that roll off the tongue so well they beg to be read out loud. At the core of this slim but powerful collection are tales of the everyday joys and struggles of growing up. Full of heart, the book ends with the powerful proclamation: “And Honey, I Love (HarperTrophy, $6.99) ME too”. Diane and Leo Dillon co-illustrate the poems, bringing them to life with detailed charcoal drawings of African-American girls that are overlaid with simple sketches. Thoughtful and true, this coming-of-age collection is an important addition to any young person’s bookshelf. Ages 8 and up.  - AJK

Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064430975
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Published: HarperCollins - May 23rd, 1986

What a delight to find a poetry collection that works on so many levels. It’s a tour through world poetry and an introduction to contemporary and classic poets, as well as a great primer for vocabulary and emotions. Yes, A is Amazing (Frances Lincoln, $18.99), but have you considered H for Huffy, N for Nostalgic, Z for Zestful, or P for Puddle-Wonderful? For each emotion (and letter of the alphabet), editor Wendy Cooling has chosen a poem to represent it. Her selections mix the iconic and the unexpected. Debjani Chatterjee’s “My Sari” is under G for Good; John Keats, with “A Song About Myself,” makes an appearance under N for Naughty. Piet Grobler’s bright paint-and-ink drawings underscore Cooling’s message that poetry is whimsical, lively, and fun.  Ages 7-10. EMS

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By Wendy Cooling, Piet Grobler (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781847802552
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - March 26th, 2013

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