15 Essential Poetry Books for Kids in Grades PreK–12

Here are some poetry books that are highly regarded for children in different grade levels:

  1. “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein
  2. “A Child’s Garden of Verses” by Robert Louis Stevenson
  3. “Falling Up” by Shel Silverstein
  4. “Embracing the Wide Sky” by Deborah Wiles
  5. The New Kid on the Block” by Jack Prelutsky
  6. “Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat” edited by Nikki Giovanni
  7. The Random House Book of Poetry for Children” edited by Jack Prelutsky
  8. “A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms” selected by Paul B. Janeczko
  9. “Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse” by Marilyn Singer
  10. “The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry” edited by J. Patrick Lewis
  11. When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons” by Julie Fogliano
  12. “Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets” by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wentworth
  13. “The Great Frog Race and Other Poems” by Kristine O’Connell George
  14. “Voices from the Sidewalks: Contemporary Poets of Santa Barbara” edited by Chryss Yost and Paul Fericano
  15. “A Child’s Introduction to Poetry: Listen While You Learn About the Magic Words That Have Moved Mountains, Won Battles, and Made Us Laugh and Cry” by Michael

Driscoll and Meredith Hamilton

Please note that availability may vary, so it’s recommended to check with local school libraries or bookstores for the most up-to-date options. Happy reading!

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