MORE Poetry Books to Delight and Inspire
As promised, here are more poetry books. If you missed the books from last month, click here.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…).
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!
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.