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Ramona Behnke's Poetry Essentials

Mercer Island resident Ramona Behnke retired from teaching at the end of the 2013-14 school year. She spent a significant amount of her career in education inspiring the 6th graders at Islander Middle School, where she taught Language Arts and Social Studies. Ramona is a passionate poetry promoter, avid reader, a lover of learning, and a fledgling writer. You can follow Ramona on her blog, Pleasures from the Page.

In honor of National Poetry Month, here are the poetry collections Ramona tells us no family should be without.



The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury Cover Image
By Jack Prelutsky (Selected by), Meilo So (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780679893141
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 1999

The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems: Cover Image
By Jackie Morris (Illustrator), Carol Ann Duffy (Introduction by), Jackie Morris (Compiled by)
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ISBN: 9781905236565
Published: Barefoot Books - October 1st, 2006

Poems to Learn by Heart Cover Image
By Caroline Kennedy, Jon J. Muth (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781423108054
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 26th, 2013

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar! Cover Image
By J. Patrick Lewis (Compiled by)
ISBN: 9781426310096
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Published: National Geographic Kids - September 11th, 2012

One Big Rain: Poems for Rainy Days Cover Image
By Rita Gray, Ryan O'Rourke (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781570917165
Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - July 1st, 2010

Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems Cover Image
By Paul B. Janeczko, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763648428
Published: Candlewick - March 11th, 2014