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Are you looking for literature to support classroom instruction about Poetry? Check out Our Editors’ Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team. Then it's your turn to share books that you enjoy or use in your classroom in the Our Readers’ Voices section below. With your help, we will build the best list on the Web of Best Books for teaching about Poetry.

 

 

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Where the Sidewalk Ends 30th Anniversary Edition
by Shel Silverstein
If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer,
A wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er,
A magic bean buyer.

Come in... for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. You'll meet a boy who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist. Included: Twelve new poems.


When the Teacher Isn't Looking and Other Funny School Poems
by Kenn Nesbitt
Kenn Nesbitt's When the Teacher Isn't Looking contains humorous poems about school, covering everything from homework and tests to school lunches and detention. Nesbitt, well known on the school visit circuit, has contributed poems to many humorous poetry anthologies. Other Nesbitt collections include If Kids Ruled the School and No More Homework! No More Tests! Find other books of poems by Kenn Nesbitt. Read an Education World interview with Kenn Nesbitt.

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The New Kid on the Block
by Jack Prelutsky
Open this book to any page to begin your exploration. Here are poems about things that you may never have thought about before. You'll be introduced to jellyfish stew, a bouncing mouse, a ridiculous dog, and a boneless chicken. You'll learn why you shouldn't argue with a shark, eat a dinosaur, or have an alligator for a pet. You'll meet the world's worst singer and the greatest video game player in history. You'll even find an invitation to a dragon's birthday party... Your friends are invited too. Over 100 hilarious poems about strange creatures and people. Writes School Library Journal, "The illustrations bring the frivolity to a fever pitch." Find more poems by Jack Prelutsky.

My Weird School #16: Ms. Coco Is Loco!
by Dan Gutman
It's Poetry Month -- and Ms. Coco, who runs the gifted and talented program, is poetry crazy! She cries when she sees a sunset. She thinks boys should have feelings. She talks in rhyme. All the time! Will A.J.'s life ever be normal again? Part of Gutman's My Weird School series. Kids who read one will want to read more, more, more.


Here's A Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry
This exuberant celebration of poetry is an essential book for every young one's library and a georgeous gift to be both shared and treasured. Sit back and savor a superb collection of more than 60 poems by a wide range of talented writers -- from Margaret Wise Brown to Gertrude Stein, Langston Hughes to A. A. Milne. Greeting the morning, enjoying the adventures of the day, cuddling up to a cozy bedtime -- these are poems that highlight the moments of a toddler's world from dawn to dusk. Carefully gathered by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters and delightfully illustrated by Polly Dunbar, Here's a Little Poem offers a comprehensive introduction to some remarkable poets, even as it captures a very young child's intense delight in the experiences and rituals of every new day.



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