“Let’s play!” No better summertime invitation exists. And that’s exactly how editors Debjani Chatterjee and Brian D’Arcy invite readers into their latest compilation of poetry, Let’s Play! Poems about Sports and Games from around the World (Frances Lincoln, $19.99). This joyful collection travels the globe, the game spectrum, and time. It highlights play as diverse as tobogganing, kung fu, and Snakes and Ladders, poetic forms from shape poems to simple rhymes, and even reaches into the 19th century for a spirited remembrance of a cricket match. Shirin Adl’s accompanying illustrations are equally exuberant, employing collage and drawing to create bright representations of the joy of play, in whatever form, in whatever place. Ages 5-10. Amy Dickinson

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By Debjani Chatterjee (Editor), Shirin Adl (Illustrator), Brian D'Arcy (Editor)
ISBN: 9781847803702
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - June 10th, 2014

From Emily Dickinson to William Carlos Williams, Paul B. Janeczko has gathered work by some of the finest poets to mark the changing of the seasons in this collection of “very short poems,” Firefly July (Candlewick, $16.99). Melissa Sweet’s evocative and whimsical illustrations match the poems beautifully, capturing the famous fog that “comes on little cat feet” and the glowing fireflies of the collection’s title poem. This is a book to be savored in little bits, or swallowed whole. However you approach it, it makes a wonderful and accessible exploration of the breadth of poetry’s capabilities for the earliest readers, and a reminder of the power of word and image for us all.  Ages 6-10. Eowyn Randall

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By Paul B. Janeczko, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763648428
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Published: Candlewick - March 11th, 2014

“It’s a magic wand. It’s yours to fling, to strum a fence, to draw the sun. A STICK IS AN EXCELLENT THING” (Clarion, $16.99). In this summery collection, Marilyn Singer celebrates all the wonders of playing outside. With upbeat rhymes, she explores the simple joy of rolling down a hill or blowing bubbles. LeUyen Pham’s cheerful illustrations complement the poems’ carefree spirit. This is a perfect book to read before a day out enjoying nature. Ages 4-7. AJK
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By Marilyn Singer, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547124933
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Published: Clarion Books - February 28th, 2012