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Children's poetry, American

Jul 11, 2014 — Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1 this week. Author Kevin Roose says Ernest Thayer's classic poem on failure, "Casey at the Bat," might cheer the Brazilian soccer team up.
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Jun 5, 2014 — The NPR education team brings you 25 books with minority characters and authors.
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Sep 20, 2011 — The family of the beloved children's poet has released Every Thing On It, a collection of playful, previously unpublished poems and drawings. "I cannot see your face," Silverstein wrote in a poem to his young readers, but in "some far-off place" he assures them, "I hear you laughing — and I smile."
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Apr 22, 2010Poetry Speaks Who I Am is a collection of poems intended not "for parents, for children, for classroom study or for required memorization," says editor Elise Paschen. It's for tweens and young teens, and includes poems about school, cars and the horror of shopping for your first bra.
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Apr 15, 2010 — Librarian Nancy Pearl shares the work of a few of her best-loved poets. They include a former nun who wrote about Marilyn Monroe, a man who was left paralyzed after a bicycle accident, and writers who — despite the sometimes rigid requirements of their chosen form — find surprising, inventive ways to use words.
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Oct 6, 2008 — In her latest project, poet and wordsmith Nikki Giovanni brings together poetry and hip hop, in an effort to reach young ears. NPR's Tony Cox speaks with Giovanni about the new book, Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat.
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Jan 19, 2008 — In Calef Brown's Flamingos on the Roof, mosquitoes wear tuxedoes, dogs sport plaid suits and thunder is a cafe staple. His new collection of poems and paintings creates a carefree world full of alliteration, frivolity and fun.
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Aug 9, 2007 — Children's books written to include black characters have become easier to find in recent years. But have they really gone mainstream? And what does it mean to write a culturally specific children's book?
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Dec 16, 2006 — Children's author Daniel Pinkwater and Scott Simon read The Secret Science Project that ALMOST Ate the School by Judy Sierra and Stephen Gammel. Pinkwater also offers a list of books to give, get or simply read and enjoy this winter.
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Nov 28, 2006 — What kid wouldn't like a comforting, joyful book for a holiday gift? A lot of 'em. For true holiday joy, make sure the books you give are truly enjoyable. Here are suggestions for different ages, stages and interests.
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