View Full Version : Can you suggest a book of poetry for children?

08-14-2010, 09:57 PM
I'm going to be doing a unit on poetry with my 9 year old daughter & I'd like to find a book with examples of different types of poetry (narrative, free verse, haiku, etc). Something light & intended for children, please. I do have some Catullus & Sylvia Plath on the bookshelves, but that's probably not going to work for us quite yet. :)


08-14-2010, 11:11 PM
Well, the first thing that comes to my mind is the Michael Clay Thompson poetry books - except I havent actually used them yet. I'll be starting this year . . . . my next bet would be to ask the librarian!

08-15-2010, 01:14 AM
Homeschool Share has a poetry lapbook lesson that you guys might like:

It uses different works of literature to illustrate and teach about different types of poetry.

08-15-2010, 10:00 AM
R is for Rhyme is perfect for what you want. We used it last year and it has EVERY kind of poetry in it.


08-15-2010, 10:30 AM
A Treasury of Poetry for Young People (http://www.amazon.com/Treasury-Poetry-Young-People-Longfellow/dp/0806919566/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1281882309&sr=1-7)
The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury (http://www.amazon.com/Century-Childrens-Treasury-Treasured-Holidays/dp/0679893148/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1281882309&sr=1-5)
A Child's Introduction to Poetry (http://www.amazon.com/Childs-Introduction-Poetry-Mountains-Battles/dp/1579122825/ref=sr_1_20?s=STORE&ie=UTF8&qid=1281882408&sr=1-20)

There was a poetry book from Calvert Curriculum that I kept for years. Maybe the 3rd -4th grade book. Don't remember the name though. My older kids read it over and over again.

08-15-2010, 12:32 PM
Thanks for the suggestions.

The lapbook looks great; we'll definitely use atleast the Jabberwocky bits.

08-15-2010, 01:10 PM
I wanted to suggest Shel Silverstein. I have loved "Where the SideWalk Ends" since I was a little girl. Some of his poems are off the wall but I think that's what draws me to them, lol. I mean, he wrote a poem about a toilet plunger! ;)

08-15-2010, 01:32 PM
My one and only public performance was taking part in a school talent show where I performed the Jabberwocky with my best friend. I was terrified! But I loved Shel Silverstein too and still have my copy of Where the Sidewalk Ends from when I was a kid. :)

08-15-2010, 01:39 PM
Yep, we love Silverstein, too! (The other books everyone has posted also look really promising. Can't wait to check those out, as well!) We also really like the poems of Jack Prelutsky.