If you are unsure of how to teach and enjoy poetry, be sure to check out the second issue of Seek Learning Magazine: Endlessly Creative. These books have been split into four categories: compilations, biographies, poets, and single poems. A Compilation will include poems from many poets, on a variety of topics. A single poet’s book will include poetry from only that author, and single poems are usually illustrated picture books accompanied by the words of a poem.

Even if you are uncomfortable or unfamiliar with poetry, we encourage you to read poetry aloud with your family. We promise- there's nothing special you need to do. Just read. 


The Random House Book of Poetry for Children

The Book of a Thousand Poems: Classic Collection for Children

Norton Anthology of Poetry

Expensive online, but can often be found at thrift stores

Talking Like the Rain: A Read-to-Me Book of Poems

Poems to Learn by Heart


Cool Melons - Turn to Frogs! : The Life and Poems of Issa


Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave 

A River of Words : The Story of William Carlos Williams

Phyllis Wheatley Sings Out Freedom

Papa Is a Poet: A Story About Robert Frost

Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings

16 Words: William Carlos Williams and “The Red Wheelbarrow”


One-Two-Three Mother Goose

A Board book for babies

Richard Scarry's Best Mother Goose Ever

an excellent comprehensive Mother Goose, although any MG is fine

Utter Nonsense: Collected Poems of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear

A Child's Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Shel Silverstein has many fun poetry books. Poetry does not need to be serious to be valuable .

When We Were Very Young and Now We are Six 

Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts

Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers


Poetry for Kids: Carl Sandburg

This entire collection is beautifully illustrated and has great selections for kids of "adult" poets.

Poetry for Kids: Emily Dickinson

Poetry for Kids: Robert Frost

Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman

Poetry for Kids: William Shakespeare


Poetry For Young People: Edgar Allan Poe

This entire collection is beautifully illustrated and has great selections for kids of "adult" poets.

Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes 

Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou


When I heard the learn'd astronomer

The Negro Speaks of Rivers



Paul Revere’s Ride

That Is My Dream! 


I, Too, Am America

Life Doesn't Frighten Me At All


I Carry Your Heart with Me

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