Poetry books are getting a lot of love around our house right now. Do your kids like to listen to or read poetry? My girls love silly poems, clever word play, and poems that describe everyday things in new and interesting ways.
It only takes a couple minutes a day to share a poem together! Here are five favorites we’re digging right now:
My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States – collected by Lee Bennett Hopkins
My state-loving daughter often has her nose in this poetry book. Pair it with a game of Scrambled States for a fun afternoon!
A Pizza the Size of the Sun – Jack Prelutsky
Jack Prelutsky’s poetry books are a staple in our house. His poems are funny, clever, and total kid-pleasers.
The Llama Who Had No Pajama: 100 Favorite Poems – Mary Ann Hoberman
This is a sweet collection of animal, family, and playtime poems.
Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices – Paul Fleischman
These poems are perfect for your budding performers! Each insect-inspired poem is meant to be read by two people. Winner of the 1989 Newbery Medal.
All the Small Poems and Fourteen More – Valerie Worth
These poems are all about finding delight in small, ordinary things. Illustrations by Natalie Babbitt are a bonus!
“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”
~ from the movie, Dead Poet’s Society