Books for Poetry Month

April 19th, 2011 by

There once were two girls with a website.
They loved finding books that were just right.
Then Poetry Month came,
And true to their claim,
Here are poetry books sure to delight!

Hey, we never said we were Shakespeare… But we DID round up a bunch of poetry and verse offerings for National Poetry Month. Enjoy them this April or anytime (in no particular order):

  1. A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms, written by Paul B. Janeczko and illustrated by Chris Raschka (Karen’s pick)
  2. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (Nancy’s pick)
  3. The New Kid on the Block by Jack Prelutsky
  4. Laugh-eteria by Douglas Florian
  5. Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls, and Rhythms by Charles R. Smith Jr.
  6. Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems by Kristine O’Connell George
  7. Night Garden: Poems From the World of Dreams, written by Janet S. Wong and illustrated by Julie Paschkis
  8. Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
  9. Science Verse, written by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith
  10. A Writing Kind Of Day: Poems for Young Poets by Ralph Fletcher

(Also, here’s a printable version of our Poetry and Verse booklist, for you to take to the library or bookstore — or use to impress that classmate you have a crush on.)

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite poetry book.

UPDATE 5/4/11: We revealed the answer to our Poetry and Verse Mystery Book Theater in the “Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear our semi-successful attempts at writing our own poetry. (We won’t hold our breath for any awards…)

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