At her grandmother’s house, a girl finds a box of Poems in the Attic (Lee & Low, $19.95) that were written by her mother. As she reads the short verses, the girl explores her family’s history and her mother’s world travels as the child of an Air Force captain. Textured and warmly colored collage and paint illustrations by Elizabeth Zunon juxtapose Nikki Grimes’s poems, written in the voices of both mother and daughter. With a gift for her mother created from poems old and new, the girl has done what her mother did long ago: “…My mama glued her memories with words/so they would last forever.” Ages 6-10

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By Nikki Grimes, Elizabeth Zunon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781620140277
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Published: Lee & Low Books - July 1st, 2015

Want to travel from Niagara Falls to San Francisco’s Chinatown in a single afternoon? Amazing Places (Lee & Low, $18.95), a collection of fourteen original poems anthologized by Lee Bennett Hopkins, allows the restless reader to do just that. This lyrical travelogue leads its audience through the geography, culture, and history of the United States with poems as strikingly diverse as their subjects. Together with Chris Soentpiet and Christy Hale’s accompanying illustrations, the verses infuse settings from Fenway Park to the Oneida Nation Museum with distinctive personalities. A cross-country companion, an introduction to history and geography, and a celebration of verse, this collection is as multi-faceted as the places it celebrates. Ages 7-11

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By Lee Bennett Hopkins (Selected by), Chris Soentpiet (Illustrator), Christy Hale (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781600606533
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Published: Lee & Low Books - October 1st, 2015

Poetry is meant to be heard; this is especially true of the writings of African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, born in Dayton, Ohio in 1872. In Jump Back, Paul: The Life and Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar (Candlewick, $16.99), a “grandmotherly” narrative voice weaves with Dunbar’s poems to present a compelling portrait of the man and the times in which he lived. Illustrations by Sean Qualls provide a visual interpretation of the emotion suggested in Sally Derby’s text and Dunbar’s poetry. This slim volume is the perfect introduction to Dunbar’s life and work for young poets. Ages 9-12

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By Sally Derby, Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763660703
Availability: Backordered
Published: Candlewick - September 22nd, 2015