There are so many wonderful poetry books that it can be overwhelming. I like to start with poems that will make kids laugh. And there are plenty of silly and wacky poetry books. Many of them are by two authors that I'm sure you know very well: Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky. You can't go wrong by sharing poems from these two. So I am not including their books on my list.
However, there are so many other poetry books that kids will love just as much. I wanted to share with you some of my favorites (and my students' favorites too).
I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups by Chris Harris
Once I Ate a Pie by Patricia MacLachlan
Dogku by Andrew Clements
Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian
The Underwear Salesman: And Other Jobs for Better or Verse by J. Patrick Lewis
Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex
Science Verse by Jon Scieszka
Fold Me a Poem by Kristine O'Connell George
The Llama Who Had No Pajama: 100 Favorite Poems by Mary Ann Hoberman
Feel the Beat: Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to Swing by Marilyn Singer
What poetry books are your favorites? Comment and let us know.
If you want to get your students writing poetry as well, check out my Poetry Unit. It has everything you need to teach your students how to write many different types of poems.