EXCELLENT POETRY FOR KIDS

In honor of April and Poetry Month, because poetry doesn't mean something difficult or boring!
  1. Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Frances Vallejo
    Poems & illustrations all about Art Kane's Harlem Jazz Day photograph for Esquire Magazine in 1958
  2. Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Josée Masse
    These poems hold a mirror up to Greek myths for a new take on these classics
  3. Caminar by Skila Brown
    Incredible, powerful, evocative middle grade verse novel set during the Guatemalan Civil War in 1981
  4. Falling Up by Shel Silverstein
    A true classic
  5. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
    Multiple award-winning (check those medal stickers) middle grade verse novel
  6. La Cazuela by Samantha R. Vamos, illustrated by Rafael López
    Beautifully vibrant bilingual tale in the style of The House That Jack Built
  7. Science Verse by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
    See also the excellent Math Curse
  8. Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes
    I talk about this book too much but it's incredible and you need to read it
  9. Enormous Smallness: A Story of e.e. cummings by Matthew Burgess, illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo
    Beautiful art and excellent life story of e.e. cummings incorporating some of his poetry throughout
  10. Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
    You know it :)
  11. Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems collected by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
    Beautiful season and month inspired short poems with Melissa Sweet's incredible mixed media collage art
  12. Harlem: A Poem by Walter Dean Myers, pictures by Christopher Myers
    Another true classic
  13. World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You've Never Heard Of by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Anna Raff
    Super fun and cute poems about silly holidays
  14. Awful Ogre's Awful Day by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
    You'll laugh just as hard as the kids you're reading with