Friday, May 13, 2016

Poetry Friday: Discovering a New-to-Me Title

Head over to Violet Nesdoly/poems for today's round-up of poems.
Thanks to Violet for hosting this week.

One of the things I love about our library system in King County is that it's easy to visit libraries different from my home library.  And while I don't visit other libraries very often, a few weeks ago found me at Costco and close to the Issaquah library.  I stopped by, eager to pick up a few poetry books for my after school book club that might be different from the ones I checked out every year from our home library.  It's always fun to explore a new (to me) title, like the one pictured below.  

This title is City Kids:  Street and Skyscraper Rhymes by X. J. Kennedy with illustrations by Philippe Beha.  I believe it was the colorful spine that inspired me to pull it off the shelf (and the name recognition of X. J. Kennedy).  It was published in 2010, but this was my first encounter with the book.  It's why I always encourage a stop by the 811's when you visit the library.  

You can always find a new friend or two on the shelf!  

The table of contents is set up like subway lines with the
titles of the poems listed beside the subway stops (page numbers).  
I liked "soggy morning" and the illustration on the opposite page.  

The next time you find yourself in a different library, be sure to stop by the 811's.
You may discover a new-to-you book of poetry!


  1. Oh this looks terrific, Ramona. I love that "Soggy Morning", and the art is wonderful, too. Glad you explored!

  2. Oh, that table of contents looks like fun! X. J. Kennedy is a pretty amazing poet. I'll remember 811 as a place to check next time I'm at our library. Thanks for this.

  3. I always love finding new poems to add to my library, Ramona. My newest find is I Am Yoga by Susan Verde. While it's not a poetry book, it reads like one. The author spoke at my association's luncheon on Thursday. Great fun!

  4. You do find the most enchanting books, Ramona - this one looks terrific, too!

  5. What a great find. I love finding a new-to-me book, complete with multicolor socks and activity suggestions. :-)

  6. What a great table of contents! I always like visiting new library branches, too. Stopping by the 811's is wise advice. :-)

  7. "Stopping by the 811's" might be a fun parody poem to write!

  8. How creative is that table of contents!

  9. I will be looking in the 811's for this book, Ramona. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. =)