Need to get in some quick reads on the way to the playground, camp, or pool? Try our poetry picks for the week. If your kids liked Dr Seuss when they were little they’ll love these books.
No More Homework! No More Tests!: Kids Favorite Funny School Poems by Bruce Lansky is a very funny book of poems written about school. Bruce Lansky included his own poems along with other written by Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, David L. Harrison, Colin McNaughton, Carol Diggory Shields, and Kalli Dakos, and Bruce Lansky. The illustrations are as funny as the poems.
Kids Pick The Funniest Poems by Bruce Lansky. Along the same idea as his “No More Homework!” book, Bruce Lansky has compiled a book full of poems that, like it’s title, show that kids do pick funny poems. A must read for any elementary school kids who loves to laugh.
Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem by Jack Prelutsky is written for elementary school aged kids in grades 3 – 6. The book is full of anecdotes and tips that show where some of Jack Prelutsky’s ideas come from and how to turn them into various types of poetry. It’s a great way for kids to learn how to express themselves and have fun doing it.
Poetry Speaks to Children (Book & CD) edited by Elise Paschen and Dominique Raccah. This anthology contains a mix of poems written for adults and for children but all of the poems are appropriate for children. The book comes with a CD of the poems being read aloud. Many of the poems are read by the poets themselves. Since the poems on the CD are recited by different people the kids have the opportunity to hear different accents from around the world. This book and CD combination permits you to read to your child, your child to read to you and for both of you to hear the poems read by others.