Poetry Month

Little Ones

Five Little Monkeys: A Fingers & Toes Nursery Rhyme Book

By Natalie Marshall

Cartwheel Books

  • September 2015
  • $6.99
  • Ages 3 and Under


Little ones learn classic finger play and nursery rhymes in the second book in Scholastic's Fingers & Toes series, the adorable Five Little Monkeys!

Five little monkeys, jumping on the bed.
One fell off and bumped his head.
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
"No more monkeys jumping on the bed!"

The Fingers & Toes series is a new take on familiar action rhyme/finger play classics. With bold, bright colors from Natalie Marshall, picture guides to help readers act out the hand/foot movements, and tabs throughout, this novelty board book encourages parent-child interactions while also introducing important preschool-readiness skills. Plus, it's fun!


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.


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