Friday, April 29, 2016

Poetry Friday: Rounding Up 30 Books of Poetry!

Head over to Buffy's Blog for today's round-up of poetic goodness.
Thanks to Buffy Silverman for hosting this week's buffet of poetic goodness.
Don't miss her salute to spring music, "Toad's Swampy Serenade."    

On the first Poetry Friday in April, I shared book spine poetry.
On the second Poetry Friday in April, I shared eight favorite titles from poets I've met. 
On April 19th for my SOL, I shared three titles I handed to reluctant poetry readers.
SOL - Enticing Poetry Books
Edited by J. Patrick Lewis

by Pat Mora

,On the third Poetry Friday in April, I shared line 23, of the 2016 Progressive Poem. 
On the fourth Poetry Friday in April, I'm sharing eleven more favorite poetry books
for a grand total of 30+ poetry books shared in April.  
I love that Poetry Friday is a year-round celebration of poetry!

20.  Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young,
The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury,  and 
The Random House Book of Poetry for Children selected by Jack Prelutsky
(I know that's three titles, but I love all of them.  Great memories 
of my preschool daughter reciting "The Skeletons are Out Tonight" from the first title,
my 6th grade students loving the second title, and reading poems aloud from the third title
on road trips with my husband in the early 80's before kids. )
21.  Ten-Second Rainshowers:  Poems By Young People compiled by Sanford Lyne
22. Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle  . . and Other Modern Verse 
compiled by Stephen Dunning, Edward Leuders, & Hugh Smith
23.  Julie Andrews' Treasury For All Seasons
selected by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton
24.  Sunflakes:  Poems for Children selected by Lilian Moore
25.  One Big Rain:  Poems for Rainy Days compiled by Rita Gray
(When you live in the NW, you must have an anthology
devoted to rain by seasons of the year.)
26.  A Family of Poems:  My Favorite Poetry for Children
compiled by Caroline Kennedy

Books by Favorite Poets:
27.    Handsprings. Summersaults, Autumnblings, and Winter Eyes
by Douglas Florian
28.  A Maze Me:  Poems for Girls by Naomi Shihab Nye
29.  Blue Lipstick:  Concrete Poems by John Grandits  
30.  English, Fresh Squeezed!  by Carol Diggory Shields

Oh, and here are some more favorite poets that I couldn't fit in:
Valerie Worth, Karla Kuskin, Alice Schertle, Mary Ann Hoberman,
Bruce Lansky, Bob Raczka, Charles Ghigna,  X.J. Kennedy, 
Rebecca Kai Doltish, Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, Bill Martin Jr., 
Constance Levy, Myra Cohn Livingston,  & Barbara Juster Esbensen!

Be sure to let me know which of your favorite poetry books or authors I left out.  
A trip to the library is never complete without a stop by the 800s for poetry.  
And here's a pic of me all decked out last week for Poem in Your Pocket Day, 
(Can't decide on a favorite poem?   Get yourself an apron with many pockets!)


  1. What a cool apron!! It's terrific that we have such a plethora of wonderful poetry books for kids to choose from.

  2. Great list! I've used a couple of poems from Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle when writing poems with middle-schoolers.

  3. Yes, we could definitely be neighbors and trade, too! I have some of these, still used A Gift of Watermelon Pickle with my students. One other that these young adolescents loved was I Feel A Little Jumpy Around You, gathered by Paul Janeczko, among other wonderful ones by him. Wow, you've shared so many wonderful ones, Ramona. Thank you!

  4. I love that apron! Thank you for sharing the list, Ramona - a wonderful resource.

  5. I started Poem in Your Pocket Day in my part of Australia this year, but I think next year I'll have to make a pocket apron for the occasion - and appliqué 'Pocket Poems' onto it. And actually... wouldn't that be a fun thing to wear on author visits! With poems to hand out at random. You have sent my head a little bit crazy with possibilities, Ramona!

  6. Love that apron! You are so creative! Thanks for sharing your pocketful of poetry joy!