March 2012

Knoxville, Tennessee

When I found this simple book in a big box of bargain books for my daughter, I was curious because of its title. Would it be a travel book? A fact book about the city of Knoxville? It is actually neither; instead, it is a celebration of summertime. I don’t think it’s very well named, but I do think that Knoxville Tennessee, written by Nikki Giovanni, is a very sweet and enjoyable book that most kids will love—particularly if they are from the Midwest or South where the different joys of summer listed in the book can readily be found. (The entire poem can be found at the link above, though the full joy of the book should be experienced with its beautiful artwork.)