A Selection of Poetry


Many collections of poetry can be enjoyed by all ages. Add these titles to your favorite poetry collections.

Adoff, Arnold. Sports Pages. Illus. by Steve Kuzma. HarperCollins, 1986. Gr. 3 & above
Asch, Frank. Cactus Poems. Photos by Ted Levin. Harcourt, 1998. Gr. 3-6
Ashman, Linda. Stella, Unleashed: Notes from the Doghouse. Illus. by Paul Meisel. Sterling, 2008. Gr. K-3
Bagert, Brod. Shout!: Little Poems That Roar. Illus. by Sachiko Yoshikawa. Dial, 2007. Gr. Pre-3
Brown, Calef. Flamingos on the Roof. Houghton Mifflin, 2006. Gr. K-5
Bruchac, Joseph. The Earth Under Sky Bear's Feet. Illus. by Thomas Locker. Philomel,1995. Gr. 2 & above. Also: Thirteen Moons on
Turtle's Back (1992) and The Circle of Thanks (1996)
Burleigh, Robert. Hoops. Illus. by Stephen T. Johnson. Harcourt, 1997. Gr. 5 & above. Also: Goal (2001)
Cooling, Wendy (Sel.). Come to the Great World: Poems from Around the Globe. Illus. by Sheila Moxley. Holiday House, 2004. Gr. 1-5
Dakos, Kalli. If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand. Four Winds, 1990. Gr. K-5. Also: Mrs. Cole on an Onion Roll (1995); Don't Read
This Book, Whatever You Do! (1998); A Bug in the Teacher's Coffee (1999); Put Your Eyes Up Here (2003); A Funeral in the Bathroom (2011)
Davies, Nicola. Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature. Illus. by Mark Hearld. Candlewick, 2012. Gr. All ages
Dawes, Kwame. I Saw Your Face. Illus. by Tom Feelings. Dial, 2005. Gr. 3 & above
Dotlich, Rebecca Kai. In the Spin of Things. Illus. by Karen Dugan. Wordsong/Boyds Mills, 2003. Gr. 2-5
Dotlich, Rebecca Kai. When Riddles Come Rumbling. Illus. by Karen Dugan. Wordsong/Boyds Mills, 2001. Gr. 2-5
English, Karen. Speak to Me (and I will listen between the lines). Illus. by Amy June Bates. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004. Gr. 2-5
Esbensen, Barbara. Words With Wrinkled Knees. Illus. by John Stadler. HarperCollins, 1986. Gr. 3 & above. Also: Echoes for the Eye
(1996) and Who Shrank My Grandmother's House? (1992)
Fletcher, Ralph. Ordinary Things. Illus. by Walter Lyon Krudop. Atheneum, 1997. Gr. 4 & over
Florian, Douglas. How to Draw a Dragon. Beach Lane, 2015. Gr. K-3
Florian, Douglas. Poem Depot: Aisles of Smiles. Dial, 2014. Gr. 2-5
Florian, Douglas. unBEElievables. Beach Lane, 2012. Gr. 1-5
Florian, Douglas. Poetrees. Beach Lane, 2010. Gr. 3-6
Florian, Douglas. Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings. Atheneum, 2009. Gr. K-5
Florian, Douglas. Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars. Harcourt, 2007. Gr. 2-5
Florian, Douglas. Autumnblings. Greenwillow, 2003. Gr. K-5. Also: Winter Eyes (1999); Handsprings (2006); Summersaults (2002)
Florian, Douglas. Zoo's Who. Harcourt, 2005. Gr. 1-5. Also: Beast Feast (1994); On the Wing (1996); In the Swim (1997); Insectlopedia
(1998); Mammalabilia (2000); Lizards, Frogs, and Polliwogs (2001); Bow Wow, Meow Meow (2003)
Franco, Betsy. Counting Our Way to the 100th Day! Illus. by Steven Salerno. McElderry, 2004. Gr. K-3
George, Kristine O'Connell. Fold Me a Poem. Illus. by Lauren Stringer. Harcourt, 2005. Gr. 1-4
George, Kristine O'Connell. Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems. Illus. by Kate Kiesler. Clarion, 1998. Gr. K-5. Also: Toasting Marshmallows
Gerstein, Mordicai. Dear Hot Dog. Abrams, 2011. Gr. K-5
Greenberg, Jan (Ed.). Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by 20th Century American Art. Abrams, 2001. Gr. 5 & above. Also: Side by
Side: New Poems Inspired by Art from Around the World (2008)
Greenfield, Eloise. When the Horses Ride By: Children in the Times of War. Illus. by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. Lee & Low, 2006. Gr. 2-5
Grimes, Nikki. Thanks a Million. Ill. by Cozbi A. Cabrera. Greenwillow, 2006. Gr. K-5.
Grimes, Nikki. Oh, Brother! Illus. by Mike Benny. Greenwillow, 2008. Gr. 1-5
Hines, Anna Grossnickle. Peaceful Quilts: Poems and Quilts about Peace. Henry Holt, 2011. Gr. 2-5. Also: Winter Lights (2005) and
Pieces: A Year in Poems and Quilts (2001)
Hoberman, Mary Ann. The Llama Who Had No Pajama: 100 Favorite Poems. Illus. by Betty Fraser. Sandpiper, 2006. Gr. Pre-5
Hopkins, Lee Bennett. The City I Love. Illus. by Marcellus Hall. Abrams, 2009. Gr. K-6
Hopkins, Lee Bennett. My America. Illus. by Stephen Alcorn. Simon & Schuster, 2000. Gr. 3-8. Also: Home to Me: Poems Across America
Hopkins, Lee B. Lives: Poems about Famous Americans. Illus. by Leslie Staub. HarperCollins, 1999. Gr. 2-6
Hopkins, Lee B. Marvelous Math. Illus. by Karen Barbour.Simon & Schuster, 1997. Gr. 1-5. Also: Spectacular Science (1999)
Hopkins, Lee B. (Sel.). Wonderful Words: Poems about Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. Illus. by Karen Barbour. Simon &
Schuster, 2004. Gr. K-5. Also: I Am the Book (2011)
Hopkins, Lee B. (Sel.). America at War. Illus. by Stephen Alcorn. McElderry, 2008. Gr. 5 & above
Hopkins, Lee B. (Sel.). Sharing the Seasons. Illus. by David Diaz. McElderry, 2010. Gr. All Ages
Hughes, Langston. The Negro Speaks of Rivers. Illus. by E.B. Lewis. Disney Jump at the Sun, 2009. Gr. 2 & above
Hughes, Langston. My People. Illus. by Charles R. Smith, Jr. Simon & Schuster, 2009. Gr. All ages
Janeczko, Paul B. Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems. Illus. by Melissa Sweet. Candlewick, 2014. Gr. All ages
Janeczko, Paul. B. A Foot in the Mouth: Poems to Speak, Sing, and Shout. Illus. by Chris Raschka. Candlewick, 2009. Gr. 2-6
Janeczko, Paul. A Kick in the Head. Illus. by Chris Raschka. Candlewick, 2005. Gr. All ages
Janeczko, Paul (Sel.). Hey, You! Poems to Skyscrapers, Mosquitoes, and Other Fun Things. Illus. by Robert Rayevsky. HarperCollins,
2007. Gr. K-5
Jensen, Dana. A Meal of Stars: Poems Up and Down. Illus. by Tricia Tusa. Houghton Mifflin, 2012. Gr. 2-5
Johnston, Tony. It's About Dogs. Illus. by Ted Rand. Harcourt, 2000. Gr. K-5
Katz, Bobbi. We the People. Illus. by Nina Crews. Greenwillow, 2000. Gr. 5 & above
Katz, Bobbi. Pocket Poems. Illus. by Marylin Hafner. Dutton, 2004. Gr. K-5
Katz, Susan. Looking for Jaguar and Other Rain Forest Poems. Illus. by Lee Christiansen. Greenwillow, 2005. Gr. 2-6
Latham, Irene. Dear Wandering Wildebeest: And Other Poems from the Water Hole. Illus. by Anna Wadham. Millbrook, 2014. Gr. 1-4
Levine, Gail Carson. Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems. Illus. by Matthew Cordell. HarperCollins, 2012. Gr. 4-6
Levy, Constance. Splash! Poems of Our Watery World. Illus. by David Soman. Orchard, 2002. Gr. 2-6
Lewis, J. Patrick. Heroes and She-Roes. Illus. by Jim Cooke. Dial, 2005. Gr. 3-8
Lewis, J. Patrick. Please Bury Me in the Library. Illus. by Kyle M. Stone. Harcourt, 2005. Gr. 2-6
Lewis, J. Patrick. A World of Wonders: Geographic Travels in Verse and Rhyme. Illus. by Alison Jay. Dial, 2002. Gr. 3-6.
Also: Arithme-tickle: An Even Number of Odd Riddle-Rhymes. (2002)
Lewis, J. Patrick. Freedom Like Sunlight: Praisesongs for Black Americans. Illus. by John Thompson. Creative Editions, 2000.
Gr. 4 & above
Lewis, J. Patrick. A Burst of Firsts. Illus. by Brian Ajhar. Dial, 2001. Gr. 3-6
Lewis, J. Patrick. Swan Song. Illus. by Christopher Wormell. Creative Editions, 2003. Gr. 5-8
Lewis, J. Patrick. Vherses: A Celebration of Outstanding Women. Illus. by Mark Summers. Creative Editions, 2005. Gr. 4-7
Lewis, J. Patrick. The Underwear Salesman: And Other Jobs for Better or Verse. Illus. by Serge Bloch. Atheneum, 2009. Gr. 2-8
Lewis, J. Patrick. World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You've Never Heard Of. Illus. by Anna Raff. Candlewick, 2013. Gr. 1-4
Lewis, J. Patrick & Florian, Douglas. Poem-mobiles: Crazy Car Poems. Illus. by Jeremy Holmes. Schwartz & Wade, 2014. Gr.1-4
Lillegard, Dee. Wake Up House! Illus. by Don Carter. Knopf, 2000. Gr. K-3. Also: Hello School! (2003)
Mak, Kam. My Chinatown: One Year in Poems. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr. 2-6
Myers, Walter Dean. Harlem. Illus. by Christopher Myers. Scholastic, 1997. Gr. 6 & above
Nye, Naomi Shihab. Come with Me: Poems for a Journey. Illus. by Dan Yaccarino. Greenwillow, 2000. Gr. 3-8
Park, Linda Sue. Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems). Illus. by Istvan Banyai. Clarion, 2007. Gr. 3 & above
Paul, Ann Whitford. All by Herself. Illus. by Michael Steirnagle. Harcourt, 1999. Gr. 3-6
Prelutsky, Jack (Sel.). The Beauty of the Beast. Illus. by Meilo So. Knopf, 1997. Gr. All ages
Prelutsky, Jack. What A Day It Was at School! Illus. by Doug Cushman. Greenwillow, 2006. Gr. K-4
Prelutsky, Jack. Good Sports. Illus. by Chris Raschka. Knopf, 2007. Gr. K-5
Prelutsky, Jack. My Dog May Be a Genius. Illus. by James Stevensen. Greenwillow, 2008. Gr. K-5
Raczka, Bob. Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word. Illus. by Nancy Doniger. Roaring Brook, 2011. Gr. 4-6
Rex, Adam. Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich. Harcourt, 2006. Gr. 3-6. Also: Frankenstein Takes the Cake (2008)
Rochelle, Belinda (Ed.). Words with Wings: A Treasury of African-American Poetry and Art. HarperCollins, 2001. Gr. 4 & above
Rogasky. Barbara. Winter Poems. Illus. by Trina Schart Hyman. Scholastic, 1994. Gr. 2 & above
Ruddell, Deborah. The Popcorn Astronauts and Other Biteable Rhymes. Illus. by Joan Rankin. Margaret K. McElderry, 2015. Gr. K-5
Ruddell, Deborah. A Whiff of Pine, A Hint of Skunk: A Forest of Poems. Illus. by Joan Rankin. McElderry, 2009. Gr. K-5. Also: Today at the
Bluebird Café: A Branchful of Birds (2007)
Salas, Laura Purdie. Book Speak!: Poems about Books. Illus. by Josee Bisaillon. Clarion, 2011. Gr. 2-5
Salinger, Michael. Well Defined: Vocabulary in Rhyme. Illus. by Sam Henderson. Wordsong, 2009. Gr. 7-10
Schertle, Alice. A Lucky Thing. Illus. by Wendell Minor. Harcourt, 1999. Gr. K-6
Shields, Carol D. Lunch Money and Other Poems about School. Illus. by Paul Meisel. Dutton, 1995. Gr. K-5
Shields, Carol Diggory. Brain Juice: Science Fresh Squeezed. Handprint, 2003. Gr. 4-8
Sidman, Joyce. Song of the Water Boatman. Illus. by Beckie Prange. Houghton Mifflin, 2005. Gr. 1-5
Sidman, Joyce. Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow. Illus. by Beth Krommes. Houghton Mifflin, 2006. Gr. 1-5
Sidman, Joyce. This Is Just to Say. Illus. by Pamela Zagarenski. Houghton Mifflin, 2007. Gr. 4-8
Sidman, Joyce. Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors. Illus. by Pamela Zagarenski. Houghton Mifflin, 2009. Gr. K-4
Sidman, Joyce. Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors. Illus. by Beckie Prange. Houghton Mifflin, 2010. Gr. 1-5
Sidman, Joyce. Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night. Illus. by Rick Allen. Houghton Mifflin, 2010. Gr. 3-6
Sidman, Joyce. Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature. Illus. by Beth Krommes. Houghton Mifflin, 2011. Gr. K-3
Sidman, Joyce. Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold. Illus. by Rick Allen. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. Gr. 1-5
Siebert, Diane. Tour America: A Journey through Poems and Art. Illus. by Stephen T. Johnson. Chronicle, 2006. Gr. 4 & above
Siebert, Diane. Heartland. Illus. by Wendell Minor. Crowell, 1989. Gr. 3 & above. Also: Truck Song (1984); Mojave (1988); Train Song
(1990); Sierra (1991); Plane Song (1993)
Sierra, Judy. There's A Zoo in Room 22. Illus. by Barney Saltzberg. Harcourt, 2000. Gr. K-5
Singer, Marilyn. Rutherford B. Who Was He?: Poems about Our Presidents. Illus. by John Hendrix. Disney Hyperion, 2013. Gr. 4-8
Singer, Marilyn. Every Day's a Dog Day: A Year in Poems. Illus. by Miki Sakamoto. Dial, 2012. Gr. K-4
Singer, Marilyn. A Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play. Illus. by LeUyen Pham. Clarion, 2012. Gr. K-4
Singer, Marilyn. Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse. Illus. by Josee Massee. Dutton, 2010. Gr. 3-8. Also: Follow Follow: A Book of
Reverso Poems (2013)
Smith, Charles R. Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls, and Rhythms. Dutton, 1999. Gr. 5 & above
Stevenson, James. Sweet Corn: Poems. Greenwillow, 1995. Gr. 3-8. Also: Popcorn (1998); Candy Corn (1999); Corn Flakes (2000);
Corn-Fed (2002); Corn Chowder (2003)
Thomas, Patricia. Nature's Paintbox: A Seasonal Gallery of Art and Verse. Millbrook, 2007. Gr. K-3
Updike, John. A Child's Calendar. Illus. by Trina Schart Hyman. Holiday House, 1999. Gr. 1-6
VanDerwater, Amy Ludwig. Forest Has a Song. Illus. by Robbin Gourley. Clarion, 2013. Gr. 2-5
Wilson, Karma. Outside the Box: A Book of Poems. Illus. by Diane Goode. McElderry, 2014. Gr. 2-6
Wong, Janet S. You Have to Write. Illus. by Teresa Flavin. McElderry, 2002. Gr. 2-5
Wong, Janet S. Knock on Wood: Poems about Superstitions. Illus. by Julie Paschkis. McElderry, 2003. Gr. 2-6
Worth, Valerie. Animal Poems. Illus. by Steve Jenkins. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007. Gr. 3-8
Yolen, Jane. Bird Watch. Illus. by Ted Lewin. Philomel, 1990. Gr. All ages
Yolen, Jane & Dotlich, Rebecca Kai. Grumbles from the Forest: Fairy-Tale Voices with a Twist. Illus. by Matt Mahurin. Wordsong, 2013.
Gr. 2-5
Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn. Steady Hands: Poems about Work. Clarion, 2009. Gr. 4-7

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