Five Favorite Poetry Books

Lots of good poetry books to choose from this year.  Here are a few that I especially enjoyed.

 

The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper, illustrated by Carson Ellis

Published by Candlewick

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I didn’t find many new holiday books in 2019.  This beautifully illustrated version of Susan Cooper’s poem celebrating the winter solstice will be enjoyed for many Decembers to come.

 

I Remember: Poems and Pictures of Heritage compiled by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Published by Lee & Low Books

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Neither the title nor the cover really drew me in, but I loved this book once I got past that.  Poems and illustrations by a variety of writers and artists celebrate childhoods from all around the world.

 

Poetree by Shauna LaVoy Reynolds, illustrated by Shahrzad Maydani

Published by Dial Books for Young Readers

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This picture book celebrates the power of words and would make a perfect introduction to poetry for early elementary students.

 

16 Words: William Carlos Williams and “The Red Wheelbarrow” by Lisa Rogers, illustrated by Chuck Groenink

Published by Schwartz and Wade

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I didn’t know I wanted to read a picture book of William Carlos Williams until I found 16 Words.  Another good one to share with students during a poetry unit, and a nice accompaniment to Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog, which includes the poem “The Red Wheelbarrow.”

 

The Day the Universe Exploded My Head by Allan Wolf, illustrated by Anna Raff

Published by Candlewick

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Now here’s a cover and title that draws you in immediately.  Proves, once again, that poetry can be fun and educational, too.

 

3 thoughts on “Five Favorite Poetry Books

  1. Hello. Happy New Year! I am a new author and would love for you to review my children’s book entitled “I Can”. It is in poetic form and it tells the story of a young girl and the challenges/fears she faces and how with the influence of her grandmother she overcomes them. Here is the link to my author page on Amazon where the book is listed:

    https://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Miller-Joseph/e/B07SPWZY1Y

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Kind regards,

    Jennifer Miller-Joseph

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