Reading List: National Poetry Month

Guest Post by Malia Hollowell

Children around the United States are busy celebrating Poetry Month by reading, discussing, and writing (you guessed it) poems! From silly to serious, here are five of my favorite poetry books for kids. Scroll down to keep reading!


Where the Sidewalk EndsWhere the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
In the world of children’s poetry, Shel Silverstein is king. His short, humorous poems and simple illustrations have captured the hearts of parents and children alike.

The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear 
This poem about an owl that tries to win the heart of a pussycat is a classic. It’s a magical combination of nonsense meets heartwarming.

Poetry Tag Time

Poetry Tag Time: 30 Poems by 30 Poets by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong
Thirty of the most popular children’s poets came together to play a lyrical game of Tag. They took turns writing a verse before passing the poem on to the next poet responsible for continuing it. The result is very entertaining.

Poetry for Young People

Poetry for Young People by Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou needs no introduction. This award-winning poet compiled 25 poems that are perfect for sparking conversations with children who are eight years and older.

Words, Wit, and Wonder

Words, Wit and, Wonder by Nancy Loewen
Are your children inspired to write their own haikus and prose? This primer shares twelve important tools every new poet should know.

What are your family’s favorite children’s poems? Share in the comments!

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Malia Hollowell is a National Board Certified elementary teacher. Her blog, called Playdough to Plato, shares hands-on activities that parents use to help their child learn to read. Visit her site at www.playdoughtoplato.com.

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  1. On 4/26/2012 Molly said:

    I loved Ogden Nash as a kid, and still love to share his poems with my children. My all-time fave – Custard the Cowardly Dragon.

  2. On 4/26/2012 Little Passports Team said:

    Great suggestion, Molly. Thanks for sharing!

  3. On 8/31/2014 street fighting said:

    Hello my family member! I want to say that this post is amazing, nice written and come with almost all important infos.

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