Travel Over the Hills and Far Away (Candlewick, $21.99) and discover the fascinating ways nursery rhymes have crisscrossed the globe. In this spirited collection of poetry and art, Elizabeth Hammill (critic and founder of Seven Stories, Britain’s Centre for Children’s Books) brings focus to the richness and diversity of intercultural rhymes, maintaining regional spellings and usage. Hammill carefully pairs each rhyme with one of the 77 featured artists whose particular style corresponds to the verse’s temperament or cultural relevance. This peerless treasury of verses and visual interpretations is a must for everyone’s library. Ages 1-8. Mary Alice Garber

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By Elizabeth Hammill (Editor), Various (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763677299
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Published: Candlewick - March 10th, 2015

Twenty-eight poems by beloved children’s author and editor, Charlotte Zolotow, are collected in Changes: A Child’s First Poetry Collection (Sourcebooks, $16.99) on the 100th anniversary of her birth. These bright, sweet poems follow the seasons, accompanied by Thipanie Beeke’s colorful illustrations. While each poem appears quite simple in its message, many contain depths to be explored, such as the opening poem, ‘Change,’ which highlights the passage of time and what it implies for all of us. Ages 4-8. Kerri Poore

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By Charlotte Zolotow, Tiphanie Beeke (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781492601685
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - April 21st, 2015

JooHee Yoon has created a magical poetry collection, making color-filled and witty woodblock prints for a fine selection of Beastly Verse (Enchanted Lion, $18.95). The menagerie includes an eel, crocodile, snail, yak, hyena, and pelicans. It’s a beautifully made book: large format, cloth spine, printed on thick paper. Yoon’s prints use only teal, pink, and yellow, but wittily combine them to form many layers of secondary colors. Some of the poems have a surprise foldouts, such as Blake’s “The Tiger,” Lawrence’s “Humming-Bird,” and, in Laura Richards’s “Eletelephony,” an entangled elephant. Each delightful page of Beastly Verse is wonderful to savor, to turn, and to read aloud. Ages 6-10. András Goldinger

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By Joohee Yoon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781592701667
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - April 7th, 2015