POETRY & SHAKESPEARE: Our Favorite Picture Book Read-alouds


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I read a bit of poetry most days with my three kids ages 11, 9, and 7. We often stick with one poet for 1 or 2 months. We like to read one or two poems from a collection each school day, and add in any picture books I can find of individual poems (love these), as well as poet biographies. We also read from anthologies created just for children. Sometimes instead of poetry we study a Shakespeare play. This list includes only the very best poetry and Shakespeare picture books we have read together.

This list is continually updated (newest books at the top of each section). Last updated April 2019.



Robert Frost

Langston Hughes 
Find additional information about the books below in this post devoted to Hughes' poetry.

Emily Dickinson

Carl Sandburg

Robert Louis Stevenson

Christina RossettiFind additional information about the books we used to study Rossetti, see this post.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Shakespeare

Other Poets

Poetry Anthologies for Children

Other Poetry-related Picture Books

*While all of the books above are wonderful, I have starred (*) those books that were special favorites of all four of us. These starred books were picture books we checked out again and again from the library, or eventually purchased for ourselves, and are not to be missed. We hope you enjoy all of these books as much as we have!

Poetry for Young People and Poetry for Kids are two series of poetry books for children that we have enjoyed. Poetry for Young People is more appropriate for older elementary and Poetry for Kids is better for middle school and up, in my opinion, but we have enjoyed using both. With Carl Sandburg, for example, we read all of the Poetry for Young People volume but only selections from Poetry for Kids. You might also choose a volume based on the illustrations you like better. Both include biographical information and definitions for unfamiliar words. Poetry for Kids includes explanations about what each poem means in the endnotes (which you may or may not appreciate).



What are your favorites?

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