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We've already posted some ideas for poetry-themed classroom activities, but just in case you're looking for a few new poetry books to read with your class, here's another list from Amy Carr -- a former fifth and sixth grade teacher who loves bringing poetry to life for children of all ages. Her list of best poetry books for pre-K to sixth grade students is sure to get you excited about reading your favorite poems with the whole class.

 

We've already posted some ideas for poetry-themed classroom activities, but just in case you're looking for a few new poetry books to read with your class, here's another list from Amy Carr -- a former fifth and sixth grade teacher who loves bringing poetry to life for children of all ages. Her list of best poetry books for pre-K to sixth grade students is sure to get you excited about reading your favorite poems with the whole class.

For pre-K through first graders:

  • Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
  • Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young by Jack Prelutsky
  • Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs by Alan Katz

For second and third graders:

  • The Dragons Are Singing Tonight by Jack Prelutsky
  • Flicker Flash by Joan Bransfield Graham
  • Winter: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur and Leslie Evans
  • Sweet Corn by James Stevenson

For fourth through sixth graders:

  • Button Up!: Wrinkled Rhymes by Alice Schertle
  • Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian
  • Partly Cloudy: Poems of Love and Longing by Gary Soto
  • A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk: A Forest of Poems by Deborah Ruddel

We hope you’ll use these wonderful books to bring poetry into your classroom this month and all year long. 

 

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