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Illustrated Poems

Many books that hold poetry live on the nonfiction shelves between J808.81J811 and J821, but don't forget that poems live all over the library. Below are a few illustrated poems that require a little more exploration to find. While all are located within the Children's Department, they may have a wider appeal. Click on each title for location and availability information.


Simple poetic language and close-up photographs invite readers to join two fireflies as they try to find each other among the many flashing firefly lights on a summer evening.

The land of nod by Robert Louis Stevenson

A young boy explores the magical dreamworld he goes to when he falls asleep.

If- by Rudyard Kipling

The famously inspirational poem written by Rudyard Kipling in 1895, which first appeared in a 1910 collection of short stories and poems, is here accompanied by illustrations.

I, too, am America by Langston Hughes

Presents the poem of Langston Hughes in which highlights the courage and dignity of the African American Pullman porters in the early twentieth century.

After spending a night studying his books, a monk reflects on his life and finds that he and his cat live equally simple lives, both in constant pursuit.

Step gently out by Helen Frost

Examines nature through lyrical text and close-up photography.

After a courtship voyage of a year and a day, Owl and Pussy finally buy a ring from Piggy and are blissfully married.

The cow in apple time by Robert Frost

When a cow barges into the apple orchard of a New England farm and eats the fallen fruit, chaos reigns.

The spider and the fly by Mary Botham Howitt

An illustrated version of the well-known poem about a wily spider who preys on the vanity and innocence of a little fly.

Loon by Susan Vande Griek

An illustrated prose poem that follows two loon chicks through the first four years of life as they are born, learn to swim, fly, and find food, avoid predators, and make their own migration to the coast.

In this version of the blind men and the elephant, based on a poem by Rūmī, Persian villagers try to figure out what strange animal in a dark barn has arrived from India.

The hero Beowulf by Eric A Kimmel

A simple, brief retelling of the Anglo-Saxon epic about the heroic efforts of Beowulf, son of Ecgtheow, to save the people of Heorot Hall from the terrible monster, Grendel.

Arachne speaks by Kate Hovey

A poem about Arachne, who challenged the goddess Athena to a weaving contest and was changed into a spider.

A celebration of "America the Beautiful" combines presidential quotes with artwork by ten artists, including Diane Goode and LeUyen Pham.