New Nonfiction 2008-2009


(Dewey 800s)

A Maze Me : Poems For Girls by Nye, Naomi Shihab; Maher, Terre (ILT)
Written for a young female audience, a collection captures the wide array of
coming-of-age emotion, drama, angst, and joy through poems dealing with
friendship, school, community, love, and family. 2005

America at War by Hopkins, Lee Bennett (COM); Alcorn, Stephen (ILT)
A collection of poems about America at war from the Revolution to the Iraq war.

American History Fresh Squeezed : 41 Thirst-For-Knowledge-Quenching
Poems by Shields, Carol Diggory; Thompson, Richard (ILT)
A collection of poems on such important events in the history of the United States
as the Pilgrims' landing in Massachusetts, the Louisiana Purchase, the Civil War,
Seward's Folly, the San Francisco earthquake, and more. 2002

Behind the Wheel : Poems About Driving by Wong, Janet S.
From a backseat kiss to passing the driving test, this collection of thirty-six
poems capture the diverse joys and dramas of owning and operating a car.
Blue Lipstick : Concrete Poems by Grandits, John

A fifteen-year-old girl named Jessie voices typical and not so typical teenage
concerns about new make-up and hairstyles, playing volleyball, her annoying
younger brother, and more, in a unique, hilarious collection of poems. 2007

Blues Journey by Myers, Walter Dean; Myers, Christopher (ILT)
A blues poem offers the history of the African American experience. 2006

Brothers' War : Civil War Voices in Verses by Lewis, J. Patrick
Drawn from primary-source books, articles, the speeches of Lincoln, and the
letters of Grant and Lee, this powerful historical documentation of our country's
Civil War uses poetry to vividly bring to life the brutal conflict that tore America
apart. 2007

Earthshake : Poems from the Ground Up by Peters, Lisa Westberg; Felstead,
Cathie (ILT)
Presents twenty-two poems about geology, and includes end notes which
provide information about the earth's surface and interior, types of rocks, and
how volcanoes, glaciers, and erosion modify the landscape. 2003

Frida : Viva La Vida! Long Live Life! by Bernier-Grand, Carmen T.
A collection of biographical poems, accompanied by the artist's own paintings,
reveal Frida Kahlo's life-long suffering from a crippling bus accident, the anguish
and joy of her two marriages to Diego Rivera, and her thirst for life. 2007

Good Sports : Rhymes About Running, Jumping, Throwing, And More
by Prelutsky, Jack; Raschka, Christopher (ILT)
A collection of poems about football, skating, basketball, karate, and other sports
celebrates the joy of competitive play, teamwork, and the importance of good
sportsmanship. 2007

Hoop Kings : Poems by Smith, Charles R., Jr.
A collection of twelve poems that celebrate contemporary basketball stars,
including Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, and Kobe Bryant. 2004

Hoop Queens by Smith, Charles R., Jr.
A collection of twelve poems that celebrate contemporary women basketball
stars, including Yolanda Griffith, Chamique Holdsclaw, and Natalie Williams.

Lewis Carroll by Mendelson, Edward (EDT); Copeland, Eric (ILT)
Collects poems from the author who is known for his imaginary worlds and
fantastic characters, including such works as "Tweedledum and Tweedledee,"
"The Walrus and the Carpenter," and "Jabberwocky." 2008

Maya Angelou by Wilson, Edwin Graves (EDT); Lagarrigue, Jerome (ILT)
Twenty-five of this award-winning poet's finest verse which capture a range of
emotions and experiences are paired with illustrations and annotations to give
young readers a complete understanding of her poetry that resonates with
spiritual strength and hope for the future. 2007

Monumental Verses by Lewis, J. Patrick; Lewis, Patrick
A celebration of thirteen awe-inspiring man-made monuments, in spreads of
poetry and pictures, includes maps and historical information about each creation
in the back of the book. 2005

Poetry for Young People : Edward Lear by Lear, Edward; Mendelson, Edward;
Huliska-Beith, Laura (ILT)
An illustrated collection of rhyming poems by Edward Lear. 2001

Poetry for Young People : Langston Hughes by Hughes, Langston;
Rampersad, Arnold (EDT); Roessel, David E. (EDT); Andrews, Benny (ILT)
Offers an introduction to the world of Langston Hughes, one of the central figures
in the Harlem Renaissance, and presents a selection of his poems that reflect
African American culture and experience. 2006

Puns, Allusions, And Other Word Secrets by Fandel, Jennifer
Describes the use of puns and allusions in poetry. 2005
Science : Fresh Squeezed! : 41 Thirst-For-Knowledge-Quenching Poems by
Shields, Carol Diggory; Thompson, Richard (ILT); Thompson, Richard
A collection of poems on such scientific topics as fossils, clones, the periodic
table, inertia, and more. 2003

Side by Side : New Poems Inspired by Art From Around the World by
Greenberg, Jan (EDT)
resents a series of international poems each paired with a work of art meant to
reflect the intent and imagery of the poem. 2008

Talking Drums : A Selection of Poems from Africa South of the Sahara by
Tadjo, Veronique (EDT)
A collection of traditional and twentieth-century poems from sub-Saharan Africa,
written in or translated into English, expresses the spirit and history of this region.

This Is Just to Say : Poems of Apology and Forgiveness by Sidman, Joyce;
Zagarenski, Pamela (ILT)
In haiku, pantoums, two-part poems, snippets, and rhymes, Mrs. Merz's class
puts together a book of poems of apology, which includes writings on such topics
as crushes, overbearing parents, loving and losing pets, and fighting with
siblings. 2007

Walt Whitman : Poetry for Young People by Whitman, Walt; Levin, Jonathan
(EDT); Burke, Jim (ILT)
An illustrated collection of twenty-six poems and excerpts from longer poems by
the renowned nineteenth-century poet. 1997

Wicked Poems by McGough, Roger (EDT); Layton, Neal (ILT)
A collection of over 120 poems about wickedness, evil, and mischief by such
authors as William Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Shel Silverstein, and Rudyard
Kipling. 2004

Your Own, Sylvia : A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Hemphill, Stephanie
With photographs and an extensive list of facts and sources, a collection of
poems captures the story of the life, personal struggles, and suicide of this
celebrated author. 2007