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Poetry for Independent Readers

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8

Discover a world of rhythm, rhyme, and free verse with engaging collections and novels for middle readers.

Black Cat by Christopher Myers
Roam the city with a stray black cat in this book of poetry and collage.
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Falling Up by Shel Silverstein
Meet an assortment of delightfully bizarre characters through the poems and drawings of a modern master.

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
A boy discovers his poetic voice in this charming and poignant novel in verse.
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Love to Mama: A Tribute to Mothers edited by Pat Mora
Offering a taste of Latino culture as well as a look at the bonds between mothers and children, this collection brings together the work of 13 poets.

Love to Langston by Tony Medina
Glimpse the life of poet Langston Hughes through 14 tribute poems that focus on different parts of his life.

Night Garden: Poems From the World of Dreams by Janet S. Wong
This whimsical offering brings the bizarre and beautiful world of dreams to life.

Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
Build your students confidence to face the good and bad parts of life with this favorite gift to mark major milestones.

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
A gripping, eloquent novel that drops your students in the Oklahoma Dust Bowl.
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A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems by Paul B. Janeczko
Delight in these poems that make their mark through crisp visual effects.

Relatively Speaking: Poems About Family by Ralph Fletcher
Inspire your students desire to write with this set of poems about family.

Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
There's nothing "happily ever after" about these hilarious retellings of six favorite fairy tales.

Stepping Out with Grandma Mac by Nikki Grimes
Explore the relationship between a girl and her eccentric grandmother.

Stone Bench in an Empty Park selected by Paul B. Janeczko
Experience the beauty of the city through photos and haikus.

Wild Wings: Poems for Young People by Jane Yolen
This ode to feathered friends features captivating photographs and moving verse.

A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard
Meet the motley crew of human and animal guests in this Newbery Award-winning picture book for older readers.

 

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