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Joe Hilton's Monthly Picks
for April 2006

By Joe Hilton of the Free Library of Philadelphia

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Good Dog Good Dog
Poems by Maya Gottfried; paintings by Robert R. Zakanitch
What is your dog thinking? This energetic collection of sixteen poems and portraits on dogs is very appealing. Each poem features a different bred, a look at their personalities and unique points of view.
Grades 4-6
 
Central Heating: Poems About Fire and Warmth Central Heating: Poems About Fire and Warmth
By Marilyn Singer; illustrated by Meilo So
Enjoy an entertaining and unusual collection of poems about fire, heat and light. The poems explore how fire can be very useful and that it also can destroy. Meet chili peppers, dragons, forest fires and firefighters.
Grades 4-6
 
A Kick in the Head A Kick in the Head
Edited by Paul B. Janeczko; illustrated by Chris Raschka
This superb selection of different poetic forms includes works by famous poets with materials from current poets. This book offers rules of 29 poetic forms with short explanations that will light your interest. Why do poems have rules? "The answer is: rules make the writing of a poem more challenging, more exciting."
Grades 4-6
 
Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme
Poems selected by Jack Prelutsky; illustrated by Meilo So
Have fun with these short poems on lots of subjects from a variety of writers. The poems cover topics on animals, birthdays, different bugs, and snow. The author also has poemstarts; these are unfinished poems that the reader can finish.
Grades 3-5
 
You Have to Write You Have to Write
By Janet S. Wong; illustrated by Teresa Flavin
Do you feel stressed out at the thought of having a writing assignment? This is a book of support, motivation, and full of good ideas for young writers who think that they don't have anything to write about.
Grades 4-7
 
Where the Sidewalk Ends Where the Sidewalk Ends
By Shel Silverstein
(Classic)
Laugh out loud with one of the most popular poetry books for children. You will find funny, amusing and thoughtful poems and drawings for all ages.
Grades 4-8

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