Are you ready? April is National Poetry Month, so why not try reading a poem each day? We all love Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein. What about some new poets? Here are some suggestions for great poetry selections:
Alexander, Kwame. 2019. The Undefeated. Versify.
Coombs, Kate. 2012. Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.
Elliott, Zetta, 2020. A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Florian, Douglas. 2012. UnBEElievables: honeybee poems and paintings. NY: Beach Lane Books.
Harley, Avis. 2008. The Monarch’s Progress: Poems with Wings. Honesdale, PA: WordSong.
Heard, Georgia. 1998. Awakening the Heart. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, K-6
Holbrook, Sara. 2003. By Definition. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press.
Heard, Georgia and Lester Laminack. 2008. Reading and Writing Across the Year. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, K-2
Janeczko, Paul B. 2019. The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems. Candlewick.
Mateer, Trista. 2020. When the Stars Wrote Back: Poems. Random House Books for Young Readers.
Miller, Rhett. 2019. No More Poems!: A Book in Verse That Just Gets Worse. Little. Brown Books for Young Readers.
Newton, Vanessa Brantley. 2020. Just Like Me. NY: Knopf Books for Young Readers.
Nye, Naomi Shihab. 2020. Cast Away: Poems for Our Time. Greenwillow Books.
Singer, Marilyn. 2020. Follow the Recipe: Poems About Imagination, Celebration, and Cake. Dial Books.
Steinglass, Elizabeth. 2019. Soccerverse: Poems about Soccer. Wordsong.
Worth, Valerie.1996. All the Small Poems and Fourteen More. NY: Farrar, Straus.
Vardell, Sylvia. 2020. A World Full of Poems. NY: DK Publishers.
Vardell, Sylvia and Janet Wong. 2020. HOP TO IT: Poems to Get You Moving. NJ: Pomelo Books.
Wong, Janet. 2007. Twist: Yoga Poems. NY: Margaret K. McElderry Books.
Young, Judy. 2006. R is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet. Ann Arbor, MI: Sleeping Bear Press.
So many poetry books, so little time. And yet, you can read several poems each day – to begin the day, during transition times, after lunch/recess, to end the day. There’s always time for a poem. I kept four to six poetry books handy to carry one with me as I walked my class to specials. I read to my class while they were waiting to enter the art and music rooms, the gym, the library, and the computer lab. We created a habit of reading and listening to poems throughout our day. Many students started writing poems on their own. We even formed our own “Poets’ Society” and visited each other’s home once a month to read, write, and share our poetry. I still own a collection of poetry books that fill an entire shelf. I like returning to them and reading them. They fill me with wonder and joy. Happy Poetry Month, Slicers!