September 26, 2023

Imagination Blast

This collection of rhyming poems about nature, everyday activities, and God, seeks to spark its young readers’ imaginations. With 17 poems, eight “create your own” sections, and line drawings that could be turned into coloring pages, Imagination Blast is part poetry compilation, part workbook.

The book’s overriding theme is nature. The opening poem, “Spring Delight,” […]


November 29, 2021

Fun Poems for Your Child: Feeding Your Child’s Imagination

Jenny Carey’s picture book Fun Poems for Your Child offers one-page poems on several child-friendly subjects accompanied by color illustrations.

The 11 poems, told from a first-person perspective, cover ground dear to the hearts of children: imaginative forays featuring pirates, fairies and dragons, as well as everyday activities such as going to the park, feeding […]


October 11, 2021

What’s Wrong with a Pet Dinosaur?

What’s Wrong with a Pet Dinosaur? is a collection of humorous poems appropriate for children ages four through ten, written in a style and tone reminiscent of the famous poet Shel Silverstein. Simple line drawings created by the author complement the text.

The poems address everyday childhood experiences and queries with a zaniness that will […]


October 15, 2018

Call In Well

Timothy Orley’s funny and clever children’s poems are collected in his delightful picture book Call In Well.

In these pages, Orley introduces children to the fun, limitless world of wordplay with poems on a variety of subjects— pizza, pirates, playing, siblings, superstitions, superheroes, and more—all relevant to its 3rd-4th grade target audience.

Most of Orley’s […]


September 18, 2017

Twist and Shout!

Brett Fleishman introduces young readers to puns, idioms, and wordplay in his fun, rhyming picture book Twist and Shout!

In the 33 short, poems of Twist and Shout!, Fleishman aids young readers by indicating the presence of a pun with a “(p)” and an idiom with an (“i”). He ends many of his poems with […]


April 4, 2016

Natures Way Fun & Simple to Suit All Ages

Beryl Holland’s picture book aims to see nature through a poetic sensibility. With topics and illustrations that include flora, fauna, animals, weather and more, the book appears to be targeted, as the title suggests, to “All Ages.”

Unfortunately, this all-ages theme proves inappropriate, as, while many of the pictures are cartoon-like and are […]


July 6, 2015

A Candle Flickers Bright

A Candle Flickers Bright by David Galbis-Reig is a collection of light/inspirational verse that spans the emotional gamut from joy to despair, most often leaning toward an optimistic outlook on life.

These poems are arranged in nine short sections:  “Ember’s Alight,” “Nature Finds Love,” “Tumultuous Life,” “Vocations and Other Stories,” “On Life and […]


May 19, 2015

On Grandaddy’s Knee

Although children love rhyming books in the Dr. Seuss vein, the concept of poetry as a deeper means of expression can be difficult to convey. Lorraine Wilson’s picture book of poems, On Grandaddy’s Knee, offers a kid-friendly entry into the world of poetry via one-page poems that amuse or strike an emotional chord.

The book’s […]