Celebrate April, poetry, and friends this month! April is poetry month, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a great book!

oops pounceOops, Pounce, Quick, Run! An Alphabet Caper
by Mike Twohy

Enjoy a tremendous chase from A to Z! When a mouse who is Asleep in his chair is awakened by a Ball, the chase is on. Follow along as this mouse and dog chase their way though the alphabet. This is one that will have children learning the alphabet without even thinking about it as they clamor to read it again and again! Balzer + Bray, $17.99, ages 3-7

tiger badgerTiger and Badger
by Emily Jenkins

Bold, vibrant illustrations fill this book about best friends Tiger and Badger. When Badger eats the only ice pop, the ensuing fight lands Badger’s stuffed monkey in a tree. Will they be able to save Bad Monkey, Badger’s stuffed monkey? Will they be friends again? Only if they work together. They do, and finally, after a bit more drama, figure it out again, as only truly best friends can. After all, even best friends disagree sometimes. Delightful! Candlewick Press, $15.99; ages 4-8

daniel poemDaniel Finds a Poem
by Micha Archer

How do you find a poem? You look, of course! After seeing a sign for “Poetry in the Park,” Daniel wonders what poetry is. Travel along with Daniel as he greets each animal he meets by asking them what they think poetry is. From these answers, he puts together a wonderful poem for Poetry in the Park. Rich, colorful illustrations fill this fabulous book about the journey that is poetry! Nancy Paulsen Books, $16.99; ages 4-8

reversoEcho Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths
by Marilyn Singer

This collection of poems can be read both forward and backwards, hence the name—reverso! Read one way it is one poem, then, with only changes in punctuation or capitalization and reversed, it is another poem, in this case from a different perspective. Read the story of Arachne and Athena—in one poem from the side of Arachne and then with the same words, but in reverse, from the side of Athena. This is a fun way to enjoy Greek myths explored in this reverso poetry style. Dial Books for Young Readers, $16.99; ages 6-9

tag youre itLion & Tiger & Bear: Tag You’re It!
by Ethan Long

Lion just wants to paint, but Tiger and Bear really want him to play tag. Finally, after quite a bit of hiding and unwanted tagging, Lion convinces Tiger and Bear
to let him paint and that he will play with them afterwards. Lion creates a painting they all enjoy until, Lion himself tags his friends. Now that Lion is done painting, he is ready to play! A fun look at friend- ship and how we can be friends and still give each other room to be ourselves. Full of energetic, bright, illustrations! Abrams Books for Young Readers, $16.99; ages 4-8

by Sara Pennypacker

Peter has a pet fox named Pax. With the war coming, Peter’s father volunteers, and makes Peter set Pax free. Then Peter goes to live with his grandfather. Almost as soon as he gets there, Peter realizes his mistake. He needs to find Pax. Pax is also looking for his boy, Peter. Will Peter and Pax find each other again? Will Peter find his way back to Pax or will the war claim Pax first? As Peter travels to find Pax, he learns about the world and about himself. This book is about loss, war, growing up, and what it means to love so much you are willing to do almost anything for that love. Amazing! Balzer + Bray, $16.99, ages 8-12

Jennifer Galvin is never far from her children, a paintbrush, or a good book. You can find her on the web at www.jennifergalvin.com