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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.




One-Two-Three Mother Goose, by Iona Opie

A Board book for babies

Richard Scarry's Best Mother Goose Ever, by Richard Scarry

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, by Robert Louis Stevenson

Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein

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, by A. A. Milne

Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts, by Roald Dahl

Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature, by Nicola Davies

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


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