One of this years nominees is Yum! Mmmm! Que Rico!: America's Sproutings.
From the School Library Journal:
This concept book serves as a delicious introduction to 14 types of food, all of which have their origins in the Americas. Snippets of information and a haiku poem accompany each one, ranging from blueberry and chili pepper through papaya, prickly pear, and vanilla. Using English and a smattering of Spanish words, Mora crafts a playful introduction to each one.Here is one of my favorites:
Under round luna,
Scattered tumblings down the rows,
autumn's orange face.
I love that a traditional Japanese form of poetry steeped in thousands of years of history is being used to reach Texas school children.