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Recommended Poetry Books for Kids

Odes and ditties for children (adults too!)

compiled by Holly Hartman

I'm the Dragon of Grindly Grun,
I breathe fire as hot as the sun.
When a knight comes to fight
I just toast him on sight,
Like a hot crispy cinnamon bun.

—from "The Dragon of Grindly Grun" by Shel Silverstein

Polkabats and Octopus Slacks
  • The Adventures of Isabel by Ogden Nash
  • A Book of Nonsense by Edward Lear
  • Brats by X. J. Kennedy
  • The Dream Keeper and Other Poems by Langston Hughes
  • Insectlopedia by Douglas Florian
  • Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman
  • Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
  • My Life, My Love, My Lasagne by Steven Herrick
  • Neighborhood Odes by Gary Soto
  • The Paper Doorway by Dean Koontz
  • Polkabats and Octopus Slacks by Calef Brown
  • Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
  • Something Big Has Been Here by Jack Prelutsky
  • Street Rhymes Around the World by Jane Yolen
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein




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Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan is the only baseball player to have his number retired by three teams—Texas, Houston and California. This doesn't include Jackie Robinson whose No. 42 was retired by all teams.

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