These funny bedtime poems and pictures are for anyone who likes a good laugh before bed. They’re about dreams, drinks of water, lumpy pillows, scary things in the night, strange things in the night—and much more. A lulla-by book? Forget it. This book grabs you and says lulla-hi.
Ages 5 up
“. . . rambunctious . . . . it’s a fun, hip take on traditional bedtime books.”
This fat, fine-looking volume, The Poetry Friday Anthology, presents 218 poems by 75 poets (including me)—that is, a poem a week for grades kindergarten through fifth grade for an entire school year. The editors are children’s poetry gurus Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. Every poem has its own nicely designed, chock-full yet uncluttered page with five activities that tie the poem to curriculum standards. As Sylvia and Janet describe it, each page “include guidance on reading the poem aloud, a creative way to engage students in reading the poem chorally, a discussion prompt, a skill focus, and a link to another related poem or poetry book. In just five minutes, you can lead a poetry break that is enjoyable, meaningful, participatory, and skill-based.” Beautiful! Read more at The Poetry Friday Anthology blog.
And The Poetry of Science for Kids. Yep, I’m in this one, too.
Billy Collins, former poet laureate of the United States, put together this collection of poems, which are wonderful to read and even more wonderful to read aloud.
The website of the Academy of American Poets, with hundreds of poems to read online.