Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Books of 2013 for Children Five to Nine
With words both found and created, well-known poets offer readers and writers a source of inspiration. Black-and-white illustrations (6-12).
Clever verse and scientific information combine in appreciation of these tiny insects (5-8).
This version of the popular reggae song demonstrates the value of family and friends. Fun, lively digital mixed-media illustrations (5-7).
Persimmons, guavas, currants, and much more — this rhyming celebration of fruit will make your mouth water. Colorful, bright photographs (4-8).
Expressive, mixed-media illustrations bring Langston Hughes’s assertion of a hopeful future for African Americans to life. A short essay by Collier explains the Pullman porter subplot of his illustrations (4-8).
A young girl and her family travel by train from Oklahoma to California in 1948. Told in rhyme and free verse. Soft, rich full-color illustrations (6-9).
Spare verse, rich language, and strong, colorful wood-block prints capture the essence of a variety of marine animals — from the sea horse to the shark, from the urchin to the whale (6-9).
Sixteen accomplished poets zoom in humorously on beetles, mosquitos, ants, and more. Brightly colored humorous and grotesque lllustrations. Additional facts included (5-7).
A plethora of outstanding poems — old and new — are arranged thematically. Resources, writing tips, and
breathtaking photographs (7-14).
Clever, simple poems about planets, stars, rockets, and more, accompanied by vivid illustrations provide an inspiring introduction to our universe. Additional information provided for those who want to explore the subject further (7-9).
Can the animals in the forest teach numbers? Yes, they can! Rhyming verse enhanced with cut-paper illustrations (5-7).
Wit, whimsy, and wisdom bring the game of baseball to life. Imaginative gouache watercolors compliment the text (6-10).
From womb to adulthood, a parade of 44 playful, insightful twosome poems are paired with captivating mixed-media illustrations. Information about twins included (4-8).
Celebrate the lives of bees in delightful rhyme. Scientific information is included for each poem. Mixed-media illustrations (7-9).
Delightful, warmly humorous haiku are enhanced by crisply clear watercolor illustrations (5-9).
This diverse collection brings together old and new poems that celebrate both special and everyday moments in life.