Poetry Month

Little Ones


No Fair! No Fair! 

By Calvin Trillin 

Illustrated by Roz Chast

  • September 2016
  • $17.99
  • Ages 4-8

The first children's poetry collection by award-winning writer Calvin Trillin -- illustrated by acclaimed illustrator Roz Chast!

"I know this shot will guard me from the measles and the mumps --
Diseases that could leave me with two different kinds of lumps.
I'm glad the stuff that's in the shot will keep me safe from harm,
But can't they put the needle into someone else's arm?
If so, my older sister is the person I'd prefer.
Could Jenny get this shot for me? I've done so much for her."

Get ready to laugh out loud with Calvin Trillin's first collection of poems for children (and nearby grown-ups). Enjoy the whimsical cartoon illustrations by New York Times bestselling illustrator Roz Chast as you find out if Justin is "the awfulest kid in the class," if there's anything that Matt won't eat, and if you can send back a new baby brother.

Inspired by some of Calvin Trillin's real-life experiences, No Fair! No Fair! And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood celebrates the humor of familiar everyday topics.

Around the World on Eighty Legs: Animal Poems

By Amy Gibson/Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
Scholastic Press

  • March 2011
  • $18.99
  • Ages 4-8

Amy Gibson and Daniel Salmieri take readers on an exciting animal adventure around the globe. As readers explore habitats ranging from the Arctic to the Savanna, they will learn fun and humorous information about the animals who live there.

Hi, Koo!

By Jon J Muth
Scholastic Press

  • March 2014
  • $17.99
  • Ages 4-8

Caldecott Honoree and New York Times-bestselling author/artist Jon J Muth takes a fresh and exciting new look at the four seasons!

Eating warm cookies
on a cold day
is easy

water catches
every thrown stone
skip skip splash

With a featherlight touch and disarming charm, Jon J Muth—and his delightful little panda bear, Koo—challenge readers to stretch their minds and imaginations with twenty-six haikus about the four seasons.

Middle Grade

Neon Aliens Ate My Homework

By Nick Cannon
Scholastic Inc.

  • March 2015
  • $14.99
  • Ages 7–10


Nick Cannon—the unstoppable entertainer, comedian, actor, and musician—was inspired to write Neon Aliens Ate My Homework as a way to combine the worlds of poetry and hip-hop. These two mediums have shaped Nick into the prolific artist he is today. To further pay respect to the urban storytelling that inspired him, each funny, gross, wacky, or thought-provoking poem in this collection is illustrated by one of six incredible street artists who have shown his or her work around the world.


A Home for Mr. Emerson

By Barbara Kerley, Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham
Scholastic Press

  • March 2014
  • $18.99
  • Ages 8-12

From the award-winning creators of Those Rebels, John & Tom, a joyful portrait of an American icon and an inspiring blueprint for how to live your life.

Before Ralph Waldo Emerson was a great writer, he was a city boy who longed for the broad, open fields and deep, still woods of the country, and then a young man who treasured books, ideas, and people. When he grew up and set out in the world, he wondered: could he build a life around these things he loved? This moving biography—presented with Barbara Kerley and Edwin Fotheringham's inimitable grace and style—illustrates the rewards of a life well-lived, one built around personal passions: creativity and community, nature and friendship.

Serafina's Promise

By Ann E. Burg
Scholastic Press

  • October 2013
  • $16.99
  • Ages 10-14

A luminous novel in verse from the author of the Jefferson Cup award winner All the Broken Pieces.

Serafina has a secret dream. She wants to go to school and become a doctor with her best friend , Julie Marie. But in their rural village outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti, many obstacles stand in Serafina's way: little money, never-ending chores, and Manman's worries. More powerful even than all of these are the heavy rains and the shaking earth that test Serafina's resolve in ways she never dreamed. At once heartbreaking and hopeful, this exquisitely crafted story will leave a lasting impression on your heart.



Unbound: A Novel in Verse

By Anne E. Burg
Scholastic Press

  • September 2016
  • $16.99
  • Ages 9-12

From the award-winning author of All the Broken Pieces and Serafina's Promise comes a new novel-in-verse that is a gripping, transcendent story about a little-known piece of slave history.

The day Grace is called from the slave cabins to work in the Big House, Mama makes her promise to keep her eyes down. Uncle Jim warns her to keep her thoughts tucked private in her mind or they could bring a whole lot of trouble and pain.

But the more Grace sees of the heartless Master and hateful Missus, the more a rightiness voice clamors in her head-asking how come white folks can own slaves, sell them on the auction block, and separate families forever. When that voice escapes without warning, it sets off a terrible chain of events that prove Uncle Jim’s words true. Suddenly, Grace and her family must flee deep into the woods, where they brave deadly animals, slave patrollers, and the uncertainty of ever finding freedom.

With candor and compassion, Ann E. Burg unearths a startling chapter of American history – the remarkable story of runaways who sought sanctuary in the wilds of the Great Dismal Swamp – and creates a powerful testament to the right of every human to be free.


The Dreamer

By Pam Muñoz Ryan/Illustrated by Peter Sis
Scholastic Paperbacks

  • March 2012
  • $8.99 (also available in hardcover/ebook)
  • Ages 10-14

Winner of the 2011 Pure Belpre Award for fiction now in an elegant paperback edition! From the time he is a young boy, Neftali hears the call of a mysterious voice. He knows he must follow it--even when the neighborhood children taunt him, and when his harsh, authoritarian father ridicules him, and when he doubts himself. It leads him under the canopy of the lush rain forest, into the fearsome sea, and through the persistent Chilean rain, until finally, he discovers its source. Combining elements of magical realism with biography, poetry, literary fiction, and sensorial, transporting illustrations, Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sis take readers on a rare journey of the heart and imagination.

You Are Not Here

By Samantha Schutz

  • October 2010
  • $17.99
  • Ages 14 and up

Annaleah and Brian shared something special - Annaleah is sure of it. When they were together, they didn't need anyone else. It didn't matter that their relationship was secret. All that mattered was what they had with each other. And then, out of nowhere, Brian dies. And while everyone else has their role in the grieving process, Annaleah finds herself living outside of it, unacknowledged and lonely. How can you recover from a loss that no one will let you have