Poetry For Kids ~ 10 Favorite Poetry Books

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I am thrilled to be one of the co-hosts for the 2014 Kids Poetry Celebration and Contest! Poetry for kids is something we are passionate about in our house. Readers often ask me what poetry books we use and love.  There are so many, but these are the ones we come back to over and over again, the ones with the dog-eared dust jackets and chocolate smears from our Tuesday Tea Time snacks.  

Poetry for Kids :: 10 Favorite Books

10 Favorite Poetry Books

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1.  A Child’s Calendar, by John Updike. Award winning, month-by-month poems that celebrate the seasons. Beautiful illustrations accompany each poem.

2.  Poems to Learn by Heart, by Caroline Kennedy. One hundred plus poems that evoke emotion and celebrate the imagination. 

3.  Fairy Poems, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Yes, beloved Laura also wrote poetry for kids. A must-have for all Little House fans and poetry fans alike.

4.  Poetry for Young People, by Maya Angelou. Twenty-five of Dr. Angelou’s most cherished poems with accompanying award-winning illustrations.

5.  National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems With Photographs that Squeak, Soar and Roar! Terrific poems with gorgeous photographs. As pre-readers, my kids thoroughly enjoyed looking through this book. As readers, it’s a favorite at poetry time. 

6.  The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie the Pooh, by A. A. Milne. Sometimes we read the stories (they’re poetic on their own), sometimes we read the poems.  I loved these as a child and it’s wonderful to share them with my kids.

7. Be Glad Your Nose in on Your Face and Other Poems: Some of the Best of Jack Prelutsky. Wildly imaginative poetry, a collection of over 100 works. There are so many great books of poems by Prelutsky, if you can’t choose, this one is a great place to start. 

8.  Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry, by Brian P. Cleary. Playful words, modern references and silliness. 

9.  Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein.  A classic from our childhood to be shared with our kids. 


10. Read Aloud Poems for Young People:  An Introduction to the Magic and Excitement of Poetry, ed. by Glorya Hale. This book includes poems by Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Dr. Seuss, Edgar Allen Poe, and many more. 


 The 2014 Kids Poetry Celebration and Contest with Give Away

Kids ages 4 to 12 are invited to submit their own original poems during the month of April, 2014. Read more at The Kids Poetry Celebration and Contest main host site, Preschool Powol Packets. Poems will be grouped by age and judged on creativity, originality style and language.  Winning entries will be published here and on the other host blogs. Prizes will be awarded to the first place winner in each age group. Read more and enter the give away here.

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2014 Kids Poetry Celebration and Contest Co-Hosts

Preschool Powol Packets ~ Homeschool Encouragement ~ Brave Writer’s Life in Brief ~ Word Traveling ~ The Measured Mom ~ Wildflower Ramblings ~ Line Upon Line Learning ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Living to Learn ~ Vicky Arnold Blog ~ School Time Snippets ~ Creekside Learning ~ Are We There Yet ~ Look at What You Are Seeing ~ Look! We’re Learning! ~ Our Homeschool Studio