A Poetry Month Booklist: 66 of Our Favourite Rhyming Books and Poetry Collections

Saturday, March 28, 2009.

Looking for fabulous rhyming books and poetry collections for your Poetry Month Celebration? Check out some of our all time favourites:

And don’t forget to check out the Poetry Month excitement starting Wednesday at The Miss Rumphius Effect and GottaBook — between the two of them, they’ll treat us to more than 66 poets and previously unpublished poems, at least one a day for the entire month.

Have a happy Poetry Month!!

An Adorable Adventure: Duck Tents

Friday, March 27, 2009.

Duck TentsAuthor: Lynne Berry (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Hiroe Nakata (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Henry Holt and Co. (on JOMB)
ISBN: 080508696X

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Sweet and spunky with a tingling hint of backyard camp-out scariness, this irresistibly upbeat rhyming adventure breathes a long-awaited summer breeze.

Pop over to The Drift Record for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Anita Newburt registers her vote for us to continue recording our reviews in our favourite coffee shop.  Thanks so much for your kind words and thoughtful feedback, Anita.  We’re officially convinced!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Fun Facts & Foolishness: There’s a Babirusa in My Bathtub

Friday, February 27, 2009.

There's a Babirusa in My Bathtub (Fact and Fancy About Curious Creatures)Author: Maxine Rose Schur (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Michael Maydak (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Dawn Publications (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1584691182

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Startling facts, silly poems and the thrill of a hidden picture hunt make this warmly illustrated smorgasbord of strangeness a sly and slippery segue from fiction to non-fiction.

More amazing animals on JOMB:

Pop over to Mommy’s Favourite Children’s Books for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Author/Illustrator Peggy Collins makes a good case for Sleepyhead (by Karma Wilson and John Segal) as a great last-read-aloud-before-bedtime book.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Rhyme Is The New Prose: Zorgamazoo (A Novel in Rhyme)

Friday, February 20, 2009.

ZorgamazooAuthor: Robert Paul Weston (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Victor Rivas (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 RazorBill (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1595141995

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Two hundred and eighty three pages of flawless rhyme whisk us through joy, sorrow, suspense, giggles, bliss, shock and triumph in this beautifully illustrated and designed adventure in friendship, self-discovery and the power of engagement.

Other books mentioned:

Pop over to The Holly and the Ivy for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Author Kirby Larson shares how the book How to Steal a Dog (by Barbara O’Connor) stole her heart.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Tossed in Place: Falling For Rapunzel

Friday, January 30, 2009.

Falling For RapunzelAuthor: Leah Wilcox (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Lydia Monks (on JOMB)
Published: 2005 Penguin (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0142403997

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Sweet, silly collage and guess-the-next-gag rhyme turn the traditional tale of tossed tresses into a merry carousel of misunderstanding and matchmaking.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Julie Wilson is reunited with a childhood favourite, The Adventures of Super Pickle (no longer in print) after nearly thirty years.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Pop over to Adventures in Daily Living for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

Rhyme and Measurement: On the Scale, a Weighty Tale

Friday, January 16, 2009.

On the Scale, a Weighty TaleAuthor: Brian Cleary (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Brian Gable (on JOMB) & how can I resist this?
Published: 2008 Lerner Publishing (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0822578514

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Saucy cartoon-style illustrations and catchy rhyme make this gritty ditty so much fun it just may etch examples and relative sizes of ounces, grams, pounds, tons and tonnes into unsuspecting little minds.

More math on JOMB:

More cartoonist creations on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Sarah Hatfield of No Whey, Mama shares her thoughts about Blueberries for Sal (by Robert McCloskey)

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Pop over to Karen Edmisten’s Blog for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

Rug Rat Rhyme: My Pup

Friday, January 2, 2009.

My PupAuthor: Margaret O’Hair (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Tammie Lyon (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 076145389X

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Large, happy images and simple, four line “one potato, two, potato” style rhyme make this perky pooch poem a peachy preschool pick.

Other books mentioned:

Pop over to A Year of Reading for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Shelagh Rogers, host of CBC Radio‘s The Next Chapter (available as a podcast), reflects on a childhood favourite, The Golden Phoenix and Other Fairy Tales from Quebec (by Marius Barbeau and Michael Hornyansky).

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

A Poem Run: Baseball Hour

Friday, December 26, 2008.

Baseball HourAuthor: Carol Nevius (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Bill Thomson (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0761453806

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Smooth, action-packed close-ups and enthusiastic rhyme focus on the glorious details of little league practice in this almost 3D glimpse of spring.

More sports on JOMB:

Pop over to The Miss Rumphius Effect for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Anita Newburt shares a favourite and cat-lover’s delight, Mister Got to Go: The cat that wouldn’t leave, based on a true story (by Lois Simmie and Cynthia Nugent).

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Revisiting Poesy Perfection: Sleeping Dragons All Around

Saturday, December 13, 2008.

Author: Sheree Fitch (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Michele Nidenoff (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Nimbus Publishing (20th anniversary edition)
ISBN: 1551096994

On August 30, 2006, we published episode 22 of Just One More Book!! It was a review of a permanent family favourite, Sleeping Dragons All Around, written by Sheree Fitch and illustrated by Michele Nidenoff. We would learn, shortly afterward, that the book was out of print.

We’ve become friendly with Sheree since we interviewed her for episode 54 published on November 13, 2006 and we’ve always told her how disappointed we were that Sleeping Dragons and some of her other fabulous children’s books, were no longer available.

Not for long.

As it turns out, the 20th anniversary of Sleeping Dragons All Around will be celebrated on January 25, 2009, with the re-release of the book. And guess what’s printed on the dust jacket. Our Just One More Book!! blog blurb from that August 30, 2006 book chat:

How cool is that?

This is the first of a two-part series about Sleeping Dragons All Around. In this part, we replay our original review of Sleeping Dragons, complete with questionable recording quality. Part two will be released on Monday, December 15, 2008 and will feature a new interview with Sheree about the new edition and a story of how Sleeping Dragons All Around has made an impact.

Want to see our other dust jacket appearance? Click here.

HOTLINE VOICES: Shelley Burns shares a year-after-year favourite book, Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge (by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas).

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Makes No Difference Who You Are: Wish (Wishing Traditions Around the World)

Friday, November 14, 2008.

Wish: Wishing Traditions Around the WorldAuthor: Roseanne Thong (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Elisa Kleven (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Chronicle Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0811857166

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Splashing, soaring, leaping and dreaming, gorgeously detailed watercolour and collage illustrations whisk us into the midst of vivid wishing traditions across the globe in this beautiful reminder of our universal desires.

Other books mentioned:

Pop over to Yat-Yee Chong for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to Illustrator Chris Forrest for sharing two of her favourites, Make Way for Ducklings (by Robert McCloskey), The Sky is Falling on Henny Penny (by Marie Schubert).

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Feast for Phantoms: One Witch

Friday, October 24, 2008.

One WitchAuthor: Laura Leuck
Illustrator: S. D. Schindler (on JOMB)
Published: 2003 Walker Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0802777295

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A ghastly cast of grinning graveyard neighbours pool revolting resources to concoct (and consume) an oozing, gurgling, gruesome stew in this superbly illustrated Hallowe’en counting rhyme.

Other books mentioned:

Pop over to Big A, Little A for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to Todd Melby of 2 Below Zero for telling us about The Witches (by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake).

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Politics and Poetry: Sandy Mackenzie, Why Look So Glum?

Friday, October 17, 2008.

Sandy Mackenzie, Why Look So Glum?Author: Gordon Henderson
Illustrator: Peter Pickersgill
Published: 1979 Deneau and Greenberg
ISBN: 0888790422

Captivating caricatures, fact-filled rhyme and pithy biographical chasers make this entertaining introduction to the first sixteen Canadian Prime Ministers must-read madness for youngsters and oldsters alike. Eh?

Other books mentioned:

Pop over to Becky’s Book Reviews for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: An unidentified listener tells us about The Time-for-Bed Angel (by Ronica Stromberg and Kristina Stephenson).  Thank you!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

 
 

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