Nonfiction, Poetry

Are You An Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko by David Jacobson

Grades 3-6 


Misuzu Kaneko was a children’s poet in the early 1900s whose work was quickly forgotten after her premature death. Now, years later, it is rediscovered in the wake of the devastating tsunami of 2011. Jacobson brings her poems back to life in this book after connecting with Kaneko’s brother, and they are presented in Japanese and English.

Animals, Poetry

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot

Ages 10+EliotCatscover

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot is the book on which the Broadway musical “Cats” is based. Having not seen “Cats” since I was a little girl, I hadn’t realized this until I read the jacket cover. Even so, the poems are a lot of fun to read and to read while listening to the “Cats” soundtrack, although the words aren’t exactly the same. It was quite entertaining to read the stories of the cats that Eliot supposedly based on lives of those he knew. I would recommend this book of poems for readers of all ages!


Poetry, Sports, YA Fiction

Booked by Kwame Alexander


Grades 8-12

Eighth grader Nick loves soccer and hates books. It’s ironic that his father is a verbomaniac (someone who is obsessed with words), and makes Nick read the dictionary on a daily basis.  If it weren’t for April, the girl Nick has a crush on, he probably would have never read a book of his own free will. April gives Nick a couple of books, and he loves them just as much as he loves soccer – well, almost. Alexander’s novel in verse is bound to hook soccer lovers and haters alike.