Friday, June 22, 2012

Poetry books about summer

I'm off to the annual conference of the American Library Association in Anaheim and hope to pick up details on new poetry books to be released this Fall. I'll post whatever tidbits I can glean next week. Meanwhile, here's another excerpt from The Poetry Teacher's Book of Lists.

Poetry Books about Summer

Summer time is the perfect time to catch up on all kinds of poetry reading of course, but we can kick off our summertime events and gatherings with poems written specifically about summer and typical summer activities. Here are a few examples to get us started.

  1. Alarcón, Francisco X. 1998. From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems/Del Ombligo de la Luna y Otros Poemas de Verano. San Francisco: Children’s Book Press.
  2. Appelt, Kathi. 2004. My Father’s Summers: A Daughter’s Memoirs. New York: Henry Holt.
  3. Bruchac, Joseph. 1995. The Earth under Sky Bear's Feet: Native American Poems of the Land. New York: Philomel Books.
  4. Carlson, Lori M. Ed. 1998. Sol a Sol: Bilingual Poems. New York: Henry Holt.
  5. Cohn, Amy L., comp. 1993. From Sea to Shining Sea: A Treasury of American Folklore and Folk Songs. New York: Scholastic.
  6. Dotlich: Rebecca Kai 1998. Lemonade Sun and Other Summer Poems. Honesdale: Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press.
  7. Dotlich, Rebecca Kai. 2004. Over in the Pink House: New Jump Rope Rhymes. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press.
  8. Esbensen, Barbara Juster. 1984. Cold Stars and Fireflies: Poems of the Four Seasons. New York: Crowell.
  9. Fletcher, Ralph. 2001. Have You Been to the Beach Lately? New York: Orchard Books.
  10. Florian, Douglas. 2002. Summersaults: Poems and Paintings. New York: Greenwillow Books.
  11. Frank, John. 2007. How to Catch a Fish. New Milford: Roaring Brook Press.
  12. George, Kristine O’Connell. 2001. Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems. New York: Clarion Books.
  13. Giovanni, Nikki. 1981. Vacation Time: Poems for Children. New York: Morrow.
  14. Graham, Joan Bransfield. 1994. Splish Splash. New York: Houghton Mifflin.
  15. Grimes, Nikki. 2004. Tai Chi morning: Snapshots of China. Chicago: Cricket Books.
  16. Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Ed. 1993. Beat the Drum, Independence Day has Come: Poems for the Fourth of July. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press.
  17. Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Ed. 2005. Days to Celebrate: A Full Year of Poetry, People, Holidays, History, Fascinating Facts, and More. New York: Greenwillow.
  18. Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Ed. 2006 Got Geography! New York: Greenwillow.
  19. Hopkins, Lee Bennett. 2007. Behind the Museum Door. New York: Abrams.
  20. Hopkins, Lee. Bennett Ed. 2010. Sharing the Seasons. Margaret McElderry.
  21. Katz, Alan. 2011. Mosquitoes Are Ruining My Summer! And Other Silly Dilly Camp Songs. New York: McElderry.
  22. Lansky, Bruce. Ed. 2009. What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Kids' Favorite Funny Summer Vacation Poems. Minnetonka, MN: Meadowbrook Press.
  23. Lessac, Frane. 2003. Camp Granada: Sing-Along Camp Songs. New York: Holt.
  24. Levy, Constance. 2002. Splash! Poems of Our Watery World. New York: Orchard.
  25. Lewis, J. Patrick. 2002. A World of Wonders: Geographic Travels in Verse and Rhyme. New York: Dial.
  26. Lewis, J. Patrick. 1994. July is a Mad Mosquito. New York: Atheneum.
  27. Lewis, J. Patrick. 2005. Monumental Verses. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic.
  28. McCord, David. 1999. Every Time I Climb a Tree. New York: Little Brown.
  29. Moore, Lilian. comp. 1992. Sunflakes: Poems for Children. New York: Clarion.
  30. Mora, Pat. 1998. This Big Sky. New York: Scholastic.
  31. Schnur, Steven. 2001. Summer: An Alphabet Acrostic. New York: Clarion.
  32. Shaw, Alison, comp. 1995. Until I Saw the Sea: A Collection of Seashore Poems. New York: Henry Holt.
  33. Siebert, Diane. 2006. Tour America: A Journey through Poems and Art. San Francisco: Chronicle.
  34. Singer, Marilyn. 2000. Fireflies at Midnight. New York: Atheneum.
  35. Singer, Marilyn. 1992. In My Tent. New York: Macmillan.
  36. Singer, Marilyn. 1989. Turtle in July. New York: Macmillan.
  37. Spinelli, Eileen. 2007. Summerhouse Time. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
  38. Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2001. Sidewalk Chalk; Poems of the City. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press.
  39. Wong, Janet. 2008. Minn and Jake’s Almost Terrible Summer. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
  40. Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn. 2005. Sketches from a Spy Tree. New York: Clarion.
  41. Wong, Janet S. 1999. Behind the Wheel: Poems about Driving. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books.
  42. Yolen, Jane. 2000. Color Me a Rhyme: Nature Poems for Young People. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press.

Any other good summertime poetry collections I should know about? Please let me know!

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