Children's Poetry

Happy Birthday, Shel Silverstein!

Shel Silverstein was a unique writer with many artistic talents. While generally best known for his poetry and literature for children, he was also a cartoonist, composer, lyricist, and folksinger. He was born Sheldon Allan Silverstein on September 25, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois. Read more about his life in this month's author profile here.

A Pet for Me: Poems

By Lee Bennett Hopkins (selector)

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Whether your favorite pet is a turtle, ants, iguana, tarantula, or even a dog or a cat, there’s a poem here for you.

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A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms

By Paul B. Janeczko and Chris Raschka (Illustrator)

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Janeczko and Raschka define 29 well-known poetic forms through examples from a variety of poets. Energetic art and excellent explanations of haiku, riddles, ballads, and more create a wonderful package for students, teachers, and poetry lovers.

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Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems

By Joyce Sidman

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A collection of poems that provide a look at some of the animals, insects, and plants that are found in ponds, with accompanying information about each.

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Science Verse

By Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith (Illustrator)

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When the teacher tells his class that they can hear the poetry of science in everything, a student is struck with a curse and begins hearing nothing but science verses that sound very much like some well-known poems.

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Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up

By Lisa Westberg Peters

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Twenty-two poems about geology, some serious, some silly, plus information about the earth's surface and interior, types of rocks, and how volcanoes, glaciers, and erosion modify the landscape.

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