Recommendations

Here is a list of great poetry books to read! This is just a short list—there are so many wonderful books out there, it’s hard to choose!

Booth, David, ed. ‘Til All the Stars Have Fallen: Canadian Poems for Children

Donaldson, Julia. Poems to Perform: A Classic Collection Chosen by the Children’s Laureate.

Dotlich, Rebecca Kai. Lemonade Sun

Duffy, Carol Ann. New and Collected Poems for Children

Farjeon, Eleanor. Poems for Children

Fitch, Sheree. If I Had a Million Onions

—Toes in my Noses: And Other Poems

—Night Sky Wheel Ride

Harrison, Michael and Christopher Stuart-Clark. ed. The Oxford Book of Children’s Poetry

Hughes, Ted. Collected Poems for Children

Lee, Dennis. Alligator Pie

Garbage Delight

Melvis and Elvis

Jelly Belly

Ice Cream Store

—Bubblegum Delicious

Little, Jean. Hey World, Here I Am!

Lesynski, Loris. Cabbagehead

—Nothing Beats a Pizza

—Dirty Dog Boogie

—Crazy About Soccer

anything else by Loris Lesynski!

Nesbitt, Kenn. Revenge of the Lunch Ladies

Noble, Jo, ed. 100 New Zealand Poems for Children

Prelusky, Jack, ed. The Beauty of the Beast: Poems from the Animal Kingdom

—, ed. The Random House Book of Poetry for Children

—, ed. The 20th-Century Children’s Poetry Treasury

—, Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme

—, Be Glad Your Nose is On Your Face

—A Pizza the Size of the Sun

Silverstein, Shel. Where the Sidewalk Ends

Light in the Attic

Falling Up

Simme, Lois. Auntie’s Knitting a Baby

—An Armadillo is Not a Pillow

Sword, Elizabeth. A Child’s Anthology of Poetry

Stone, Tiffany. Floyd the Flamingo and his Flock of Friends

—Rainbow Shoes

Yolen, Jane and Rebecca Kai Dotlich. Grumbles from the Forest: Fairy-Tale Voices with a Twist

—anything else by Jane Yolen!

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