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Poetry for Beginning Readers

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

Treat your students to stories in verse and poetry collections that make learning to read a delight.

20th-Century Children's Poetry Treasury edited by Jack Prelutsky
Showcasing the work of more than 100 poets, this anthology contains kid-friendly poems for every mood or occasion.

The Best of I SPY by Jean Marzollo
Treat your students to four I SPY classics filled with picture riddles.

A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
Though over a century old, these beloved poems still charm children with their delight in life's little discoveries and joys.

Good Night, Sleep Tight compiled by Ivan & Mal Jones
A perfect-for-naptime collection of poems one for every day of the year.

Harlem: A Poem by Walter Dean Myers
Words and collage art connect your students to the vibrant spirit of Harlem.

A Hatful of Seuss by Dr. Seuss
Dive into an anytime, all-the-time, collection of Seuss!

Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield
An assemblage of free-verse poems explores the favorite summertime activities of an African American girl.

Moon, Have You Met My Mother? by Karla Kuskin
Hundreds of poems from a favorite author feature charming line-drawn illustrations.

Never Take a Pig to Lunch and Other Poems About the Fun of Eating selected by Nadine Bernard Westcott
Devour this menu of delicious (and sometimes disgusting) poems accompanied by laugh-out illustrations.

The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein
A delightful fable from a favorite author tells what happens when a circle goes on a quest for fulfillment.

The New Kid on the Block by Jack Prelutsky
This favorite collection contains humorous poems about things your students have never imagined — and won't fail to put smiles on their faces.
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Shoe Magic by Nikki Grimes
Sixteen poems explore children's hopes and dreams for the future.
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Touch the Poem by Arnold Adoff
Captivate your students with this delightful first book of poetry.
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Wings by Christopher Myers
Be true to yourself is the theme in this inspiring book for young readers.
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You Read to Me, I'll Read to You by John Ciardi
A perfect book for you and your students to share, this classic poetry offering features illustrations by Edward Gorey.



  • Subjects:
    Literature, Literature Appreciation, Early Reading, National Poetry Month, Spring Themes, Teacher Tips and Strategies
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