Irish poet Brendan Kennelly wrote, “poetry is one of the most vital treasures that humanity possesses; it is a bridge between separated souls.” In The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects (Candlewick, $17.99), Paul B. Janeczko excavates these treasures, curating a chronological selection of poems spanning from the Middle Ages to contemporary times. Some verses are rooted in their historical context, praising palaces, princely swords, and English railway trains. Others transcend the ages, celebrating ageless themes of natural beauty and human emotion. All make for great read-alouds, and are paired with vibrant and imaginative illustrations by Chris Raschka. Ages 7-12. Amy Sands

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By Paul B. Janeczko, Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763669638
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Published: Candlewick - March 10th, 2015

If you want to visit an amazing city, you should join Arlo, An Armadillo in Paris (Tundra Books, $17.99). Using his grandfather Augustin’s journal as a guide, Arlo sets off to explore the city’s art, history, and life, with an eye toward finding his grandfather’s favorite thing in Paris, the Iron Lady. Each place Arlo visits holds a clue about the Iron Lady. Cafe Gustave, where Arlo enjoys a croissant, is named after her architect. The Louvre displays posters from the 1889 World’s Fair where the Iron Lady was the “official greeter.” After spending a day traversing the city, learning about the Iron Lady, Arlo finds himself standing in front of her, gaping up in amazement. Author and illustrator Julie Kraulis notes that Paris is Arlo’s first adventure. Here’s hoping he has many more.  Ages 5-8. HWP

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ISBN: 9781770495265
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Published: Tundra Books - October 14th, 2014

When you look at the world just the right way, Everything is a Poem (Creative Editions, $24.99). Poet J. Patrick Lewis teams up with illustrator Maria Cristina Pritelli to show readers that the key is recognizing the beauty in little things. Lewis delivers humor, action, and even peace to the youngest readers of and listeners to poetry, writing about everything from animals and sports to epitaphs and postcards.  Ages 6-10. ARW

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ISBN: 9781568462400
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Published: Creative Editions - August 19th, 2014