MORE Poetry Books to Delight and Inspire


MORE Poetry Books to Delight and Inspire


As promised, here are more poetry books. If you missed the books from last month, click here.


  Button Up! Wrinkled Rhymes

by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Petra Mathers

Do your clothes talk? Well, these do. There are poetry-talking shoelaces, undies, jammies, sweaters, and more. And their animal wearers look a lot like people I know. Very clever!


  A Poke in the Eye: A Collection of Concrete Poems

by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Chris Raschka

Every page of this book is delightful. Each poem takes the form of its idea. Skipping Rope Spell skips and turns. Merging Traffic merges. Cat Chair is exactly what it should be. I’m so glad concrete poetry exists!


  Falling Down the Page: A Book of List Poems

edited by Georgia Heard

So what lists will you find here? Here are some of the titles:  Good-byes, In My Desk, Things to Do If You are a Pencil, What is Earth? My idea: before reading the poems, read just the titles (pages 6 and 7). Pick a few and write your own list poem to match each title. Then go ahead and read the list poems in the book.


  On the Wing

by David Elliott, illustrated by Becca Stadtlander

Bird lovers rejoice! Seventeen poems capture the joys of bird flight, color, music, dancing, oddness… The poems shine on their own but the illustrations make them even better.


  Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes

by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake

Take Cinderella, Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk, and other well-known fairy tales. Add Roald Dahl’s unique twist and what do you get? A revolting mess! But you’ll love it.


  Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems

by J. Patrick Lewis and Douglas Florian, illustrated by Jeremy Holmes

The poems are crazy and so are the illustrations. After reading this book, you’ll no doubt have crazy car ideas of your own.


  Lend a Hand

by John Frank, illustrated by London Ladd

How many ways are there to help? Lots, of course. This book shows over a dozen ways people have helped others (sharing food, planting trees, reaching someone to read…).


  Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems

collected by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Each poem is short, as the title says. But it’s also full of the season it represents. They are all poems that say a little and yet say a lot. I like that in a poem!


  What is Poetry?

by Trudi Strain Trueit

This book talks about rhythm, rhyme, word sounds, rules, not following rules, ideas, tools, and other poetry-type concepts. Sounds like a lot, but each concept is presented simply and comes with a poem to show what it’s about.


I hope you end up delighted and inspired.




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