Introducing children to poetry is a wonderful way to encourage a love of literacy. From recognizing word patterns and rhymes, to developing inference and comprehension skills, poetry provides a fun and engaging opportunity for kids of all ages to enjoy the written word in a whole new way.
We’ve recently started a poetry unit as part of our second grade homeschool curriculum, and have had a difficult time finding poetry books specifically created for young children. After much research, and several trips to the library and bookstore, we discovered a stack that met our requirements.
We’ve compiled a list of our favorites to share with you. If you’re interested in poetry books for your home or classroom, I think you’ll appreciate these titles.
- A Light in the Attic – By Shel Silverstein
- Knock at a Star – By Dorothy Kennedy
- Out and About – By Shirley Hughes
- Little Poems for Tiny Ears – By Lin Oliver
- A Child’s Book of Poems – By Gyo Fujikawa
- Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young – By Jack Prelutsky
- Joyful Noise – By Paul Fleischman
- Where the Sidewalk Ends – By Shel Silverstein
- The Random House Book of Poetry for Children – By Jack Prelutsky
- Here’s a Little Poem – By Jane Yolen
Do you have a favorite poetry book for kids? Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments below.