April is national poetry month and if you are not already sharing poetry with your students now is a great time to start. Some educators shy away from reading poetry to their students. Many students think poetry is boring and unexciting. When you tell the kids they are going to listen to some poetry they moan and groan. So what can you do to change this reaction? Read them these 10 poetry books for kids that they will LOVE.
There are so many wonderful poetry books that it can be overwhelming. I like to start with poems that will make kids laugh. And there are plenty of silly and wacky poetry books. Many of them are by two authors that I’m sure you know very well: Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky. You can’t go wrong by sharing poems from these two. So I am not including their books on my list.
However, there are so many other poetry books that kids will love just as much. I wanted to share with you some of my favorites (and my students’ favorites too).
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I‘m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups by Chris Harris
Once I Ate a Pie by Patricia MacLachlan
Dogku by Andrew Clements
Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian
The Underwear Salesman: And Other Jobs for Better or Verse by J. Patrick Lewis
Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex
Science Verse by Jon Scieszka
Fold Me a Poem by Kristine O’Connell George
The Llama Who Had No Pajama: 100 Favorite Poems by Mary Ann Hoberman
Feel the Beat: Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to Swing by Marilyn Singer
Poetry for Kids Unit
Ready to teach some poetry lessons with your students? My Poetry Activity Pack will have your students writing and enjoying poetry in no time! It is packed with over 70 pages of posters, graphic organizers and writing activities. Students will learn different poetry forms as well as review figurative language. Click the images below to read more about it.
Digital Poetry Unit
This digital poetry unit will have your students writing and enjoying poetry in no time! Students will learn different poetry forms as well as review figurative language. It is full of fun and engaging activities. Students will work directly in Google Slides or Microsoft OneDrive to complete these paperless activities. They can be uploaded to Google Classroom or another LMS. This is perfect to use for remote learning.