Menu

Books by Theme

Celebrating Poetry and Nature

It seems appropriate that both National Poetry Month and Earth Day are observed in April. One celebrates worlds in words; the other reminds us of the importance of the world. Start this celebratory month by reading about our world using words that paint pictures.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Every Breath We Take: A Book About Air

By: Maya Ajmera
Illustrated by: Dominique Browning
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Air is all around us and is crucial to all living things on earth. In poetic language and handsome photographs of people from around the globe, the importance of clean air is presented. Additional information is presented at the back of the book.

Guess Who, Haiku

By: Deanna Caswell
Illustrated by: Bob Shea
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Short, evocative poems – haiku – present clues about familiar animals.  With a turn of the page, the answer is revealed in bold typeface and a charming illustration. This short poetic form is effectively used to play a guessing game.

Jumping Off Library Shelves

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by: Jane Manning
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

What do books and libraries mean to readers young or old? Fifteen poems pay tribute to just that. Poets included are generally well known and are accompanied by jaunty, playful illustrations which together are sure to please.

Junk Re-Thunk

By: Brian Yanish
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Don’t toss that tube, use it to create! Clearly presented ideas for crafts, games and other activities are displayed in this well organized, accessible book – a creative way to recycle and reuse “trash."

Olinguito, from A to Z!: Unveiling the Cloud Forest / Olinguito, de la A a la Z!: Descubriendo el bosque numblado

By: Lulu Delacre
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The alphabet is used to introduce animals of the cloud forest and its most recently discovered resident, the elusive olinguito. Handsome illustrations and brief information appear in both Spanish and English as does more complete information at this stunning book’s conclusion.

Race Car Count

By: Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Illustrated by: Michael Stack
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Cars from one to ten line up to race in this rhythmic countdown. The rhyming text is a lively accompaniment to stylized illustrations and the final “GO!” as colorful vehicles zoom through the pages.

The Neighborhood Mother Goose

By: Nina Crews
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Familiar rhymes and ditties are set in a city by clever photo-collage images. The diverse casts of characters bring new life to poems appealing and appropriate for the youngest listener.

The Night Gardener

By: Eric Fan, Terry Fan
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A town transforms from dreary to delighted when a night gardener provides a new topiary to be seen each day. Muted colors in highly detailed illustration depict the impact of the creative gardener on the townspeople as they enjoy the outdoors.

Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems

By: Bob Raczka
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The author successfully creates a picture in the title of each poem (they are concrete or shape poems, after all!) followed by the poems in which are “pictures with words.” The result is a creative, playful collection of concrete poetry.

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons

By: Julie Fogliano
Illustrated by: Julie Morstad
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Short poems and gentle illustrations present seasons almost as a journal. Each entry captures natural beauty and emotions that often accompany them. For example the March 13 entry: “politely/but tired of mittens/I asked winter to please tell the snow/thank you very much, but no”.

Proceeds from the sale of books purchased at Amazon.com help support the Reading Rockets project. Thank you!

Sign up for our free newsletters about reading

Our Literacy Blogs

Maria Salvadore
Maria Salvadore

Start with a Book: Read. Talk. Explore.

"Wear the old coat and buy the new book." — Austin Phelps