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Children's Books--Content Area Themes and Topics

April is Poetry Month: Poetry Books and eBooks from the Leonard Lief Library

The Undefeated (eBook)

"A poignant and powerful ode to the resilience and strength of black life and history in America." -- School Library Journal

Review Citation and Link: Strohecker, L. (2019). The Undefeated. School Library Journal, 65(3), 100.

Awards: Newbery Honor, Randolph Caldecott Medal, and Coretta Scott King Award

Acceptance Speech: Nelson, K. (2020). Caldecott Medal Acceptance. Horn Book Magazine, 96(4), 60–65.


"A boy and his sister make the spicy sauce with the help of family members in the latest entry from Argueta's 'Bilingual cooking Poems'." -- School Library Journal

Review Citation and Link: Diaz, S. (2015). Salsa: Un Poema Para Cocinar/A Cooking Poem. School Library Journal, 61(3), 111–112.

Teaching Ideas: Vardell, S. (2019). Solving Problems. Science and Children., 56(5).

Agua, Agüita / Water, Little Water (eBook)

"In this bilingual (Spanish/English) book the poet reminds readers that water is life." -- Kirkus Reviews

Review Citation and Link: Agua, Agüita / Water, Little Water. (2017). Kirkus Reviews, 85(16), 1.

I Remember

"Compiled by the late Hopkins, this stirring poetry collection celebrates the breadth and diversity of the American experience, including contributions from two Young People’s Poet Laureates (Margarita Engle and Naomi Shihab Nye), a Newbery winner (Kwame Alexander), and winners of Coretta Scott King and Pura Belpré Awards (Carole Boston Weatherford and Guadalupe Garcia McCall)." -- Booklist

Review Citation and Link: Diaz, S. M. (2020). I Remember: Poems and Pictures of Heritage. Booklist, 116(13), 39.

Exquisite (eBook)

"Gwendolyn Brooks (1917–2000) was inspired to write poetry from an early age. When she wasn't dreaming on her back porch, she was filling notebooks with observations about nature and everyday life in her Chicago neighborhood." -- School Library Journal

Review Citation and Link: Pasquariello, K. (2020). Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. School Library Journal, 66(2), 88–89.

Awards: Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award, Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

They Call Me Güero (eBook)

"A young man with red hair (Guero), inherited from an Irish ancestor, has lived a short time with his Mexican clan near the border of Texas and Mexico. Fitting in is not easy when you look different from all the other kids in the neighborhood and at school." -- Multicultural Education

Review Citation and Link: Shaw, B. (2020). They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems. Multicultural Education, 27(2), 52.

Awards: Pura Belpré Honor

Acceptance Speech: 2019 Belpré Author Honor Acceptance Speech:


"In this poetry collection, Browne, accompanied by Elizabeth Acevedo and Olivia Gatwood, unpacks the weight of social inequities in 23 standalone poems in a variety of forms." -- Booklist

Review Citation and Link: Kirkwood, M. (2020). Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice. Booklist, 116(12), 70.


"This work details Herrera's life as a young boy spending time outside and then as an adolescent learning to craft poetry, before ultimately receiving the honor of U.S. Poet Laureate as an adult." -- School Library Journal

Review Citation and Link: Mason, M. (2018). Imagine. School Library Journal, 64(10), 93–94.

Snow Birds (eBook)

"In colder climates, winter can appear devoid of life, but while humans hunker indoors, plenty of other creatures brave the frigid temperatures." -- Booklist

Review Citation and Link: Graham, E. (2020). Snow Birds. Booklist, 117(5/6), 51.

Awards: NCTE Award for Excellence - Notable Books in Poetry

Hidden City

"The city pulses with nature in this collection of 27 short poems that take a closer look at the habits of many plants, insects, birds, and animals." -- School Library Journal

Review Citation and Link: Roach, J. (2018). Hidden City: Poems of Urban Wildlife. School Library Journal, 64(4), 157.

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