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Happy Poetry Month!

We enjoy poetry in the classroom all year long, but April is a special month to recognize the power that poetry has to move us, to entertain us, and to help us see the world in new ways. In today’s entry, we highlight some poetry books recently featured on The Classroom Bookshelf and offer a collection of links to help you explore the potential of poetry with your students.

Click on the titles of the books below to link to our Classroom Bookshelf entries – in these entries, you’ll find a review, teaching invitations, and text set resources to complement the title.

Poetry Entries

Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems
Selected by Paul B. Janeczko; Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Published by Candlewick Press, 2014
ISBN #978-0763648428

Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons
Written and illustrated by Jon J. Muth
Published by Scholastic Press, 2014
ISBN #978-0545166683

Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It 
Written by Gail Carson Levine, Illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Published by HarperCollins, 2012
ISBN #978-0061787256
Grades 2 and up

Collected by Paul Janeczko and Illustrated by Chris Raschka
Published by Candlewick in 2015
All Ages
Written by Joyce Sidman and Illustrated by Beth Krommes
Published in 2011 by Houghton Mifflin
ISBN 978-0-547-31583-6
Grades PreK – 8
Written by Joyce Sidman and Illustrated by Rick Allen
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2014
All Ages
2015 Newbery Medal Winner
2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner
Written by Kwame Alexander
Published in 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544107713
Grades 4-10
Written and Illustrated by Doug Florian
Harcourt Children’s Books
Boston  2012
ISBN: 978-0-547-68838-1
Written by Nicola Davies and Illustrated by Mark Hearld
Published by Candlewick Press in 2012,
ISBN 978-0-7636-5549-5
Grades PreK – 6
Written by George Ella Lyon and Illustrated by Katherine Tillotson
Published by Atheneum in 2011
ISBN # 978-1416971306
All grades
Written and Illustrated by Julie Paschkis
Published in 2015 by Henry Holt
ISBN 978-1-62779-103-8
Grades PreK – 8

Brown Girl Dreaming
Written by Jacqueline Woodson
Published in 2014 by Nancy Paulsen Books
ISBN: 978-0-399-25251-8
Grades 4 and up


And there are so many more poetry titles in the blog!!

To see the full listing, type the word ‘poetry’ in the search bar and scroll through the pages…… enjoy!!

Online Resources:

Poetry Foundation – Children’s poetry
Academy of American Poets
The Poetry Archive
The Children’s Poetry Archive
Haiku Society:
Writing with Writers – Poetry
NCTE Award for Excellence in Children’s Poetry
Reading Rockets: National Poetry Month
Booklist: Talking with Jacqueline Woodson About Poetry
Erika Thulin Dawes About Erika Thulin Dawes

Erika is a professor of language and literacy at Lesley University. A former classroom teacher, reading specialist, and literacy supervisor, she now teaches courses in children’s literature, early literacy, and literacy methods. Erika is the co-author of Learning to Write with Purpose, Teaching with Text Sets, and Teaching to Complexity.