Poetry is fairly short and can be used as a gateway into a deeper conversation. In my homeschool, I like to read a poem each day at breakfast time. Usually, my kiddos aren’t fidgety quite yet due to still being sleepy, their hands are busy munching on food, and it’s a nice way to break into learning for the day. So I thought I’d share a few of our favorite poems, poetry book collections, and poets! Here’s my list of 15 Poem Resources To Share With Your Students.
Have you heard of “poetry tea time,” but you’re not sure how to do it? Or you want to share poetry with your children or class but afraid they’ll find it to be “boring”? Then this is the book for you! A Year of Poetry Tea Time is designed to make poetry a fun and enjoyable experience. You will learn how to hold an intimate to large poetry tea time, how to identify different styles of poetry, the history of tea, short bios on every poet included in the book, and more. You will also find great tea time recipes with which to adorn your table or picnic blanket.
This wonderful, fully illustrated book introduces children to the Bard and more than thirty of his most famous and accessible verses, sonnets, and speeches. From “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” to “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!” and “All the world’s a stage,” the words and poetry of the greatest playwright and poet spring to life on the page. You can’t forget good ‘ol William Shakespeare!
Wondrous You is a delightful book of universal truths and empowering messages for kids told through inspiring poetry and colorfully-illustrated affirmations. With the barrage of multimedia influences these days. Kids need to be reminded now more than ever that they are loved, they are worthy, and who they are matters. Wondrous You helps parents and educators put words to foundational concepts that will help children grow positive self-esteem while cultivating a growth mindset.
The book reinforces important concepts such as:
- You are not your body.
- Your voice matters.
- Healing begins within.
- Words have power.
- Your energy is a guide.
- And more.
Sing a Song of Seasons is a lavishly illustrated collection of 366 nature poems — one for every day of the year. Filled with familiar favorites and new discoveries written by a wide variety of poets. Including William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, and many more. This is the perfect book for children (and grown-ups!) to share at the beginning, or the end of the day.
Are you teaching virtually? Our Digital Phonics Poems are a great way to share the beauty of poetry and include 100 different phonics patterns. They also have comprehension questions for each poem! Let your students practice phonics skills, comprehension skills all while being introduced to poetry. Not only that but you can make it a time where your kids and you, take a nice little break from the lesson, to enjoy poetry and a snack!
O’Meara’s thoughtful poem about the pandemic, quarantine, and the future suggests there is meaning to be found in our shared experience of the coronavirus and conveys an optimistic message about the possibility of profound healing for people and the planet. Her words encourage us to look within, listen deeply and connect with ourselves and the earth in order to heal.
This collection of poems takes young readers to a day at an urban farmers’ market. Who to see, what to eat, and how produce is grown—it’s all so exciting, fresh, and delicious. Readers are invited to peruse the stands and inspect vendors’ wares with poems like “Farmer Greg’s Free-Range Eggs,” “Summer Checklist,” and “Necessary Mess.” Bright and vibrant, this is the perfect guide for little ones to take with them on marketing day to inspire literacy and healthy eating.
Growing up Latino in America means speaking two languages, living two lives, learning the rules of two cultures. Cool Salsa celebrates the tones, rhythms, sounds, and experiences of that double life. Here are poems about families and parties, the sweet syllables of Spanish, and the snag-toothed traps of English. Here is the glory―and pain―of being Latino American.
The Random House Book of Poetry for Children offers both funny and illuminating poems for kids personally selected by the nation’s first Children’s Poet Laureate, Jack Prelutsky. Featuring a wealth of beloved classic poems from the past and modern glittering gems, every child who opens this treasury will find a world of surprises and delights that will instill a lifelong love of poetry. This collection is the perfect way to introduce children to the world of poetry.
From William Wordsworth’s springtime daffodils and Christina Rossetti’s birdsong to John Keats’s autumnal odes and Longfellow’s “Woods in Winter,” these poems pay tribute to the beauty of nature and the changing seasons. Works from such beloved writers as William Blake, Robert Burns, Emily Dickinson, and Shakespeare take you through the year, along with 12 evocative black-and-white line drawings. I love nature poetry! This is why it is on my 15 Poem Resources To Share With Your Students list.
Our no-prep phonics poems are a great resource for your classroom. With over 100 phonics patterns and a comprehension worksheet to go with each poem, your students can enjoy poetry and practice phonics. They are short one-page poems, that don’t take long to read, and the comprehension worksheets are a fun way to direct the poem. Share the gift of poetry with your students during a snack break! Food and poetry are always a nice break from the day’s lessons.
Reading to your child is the best way to instill in him or her a lifelong love of reading. Just ten minutes or less, each selection is the perfect length to read-aloud to children at bedtime and puts children on the road to becoming life-long readers. The selections from Read Aloud Poems have been carefully selected to appeal to a child’s sensibility and include work from the world’s greatest poets such as Lewis Carroll, Emily Dickinson, and more.
Mindfulness teaches us how to stay calm, soothe our emotions, and appreciate the world around us. Whether we’re watching tiny colored fish darting in the water or exploring the leaves, branches, and roots of a towering tree. The thoughtful words and the lovely art of Breathe and Be remind us how much joy we can find by simply living with awareness and inner peace.
A Poem For Every Day of the Year is a magnificent collection of 366 poems compiled by Allie Esiri, one to share on every day of the year. Reflecting the changing seasons and linking to events on key dates – funny for April Fool’s Day, festive for Christmas – these poems are thoughtful, inspiring, and empowering!
We are reading through this one right now and I love that it has facts about the day, poem, time period, and more. They are fairly short and relate to the time of year. My kiddos enjoy them so I needed to add them to my 15 Poem Resources To Share With Your Students list.
See how animals behave through the seasons, and the cycle of trees and plants, from the first blossoms of spring through to the stark winter wonderland in December. Twelve inspiring poems from Joseph Coelho, one for each month of the year. Paired with folk art from Kelly Louise Judd gives this book year-round appeal. A beautiful book for your bookshelf, to spark an idea for your own poem, or to teach a love for nature and to help children foster a love for the natural world.
In the end, there are so many amazing books, poems, and poets out there. My favorite thing to do is buy a poetry collection book or a year of poetry book. I find them easy, quick, but still packed with information and meaning. I also love doing poetry during snack/Breakfast, basically pairing poetry with food is great. You can go all out and have a picnic-style, or just keep it simple.
With Spring right around the corner, I look forward to taking my kiddos outside for some snacks and poetry. Mainly because I miss being outside lol. I hope my 15 Poem Resources To Share With Your Students inspired you, gave you some ideas, and introduced you to new poetry. Please feel free to share with us your favorites poems, books, and ideas! I’d love to hear how you make poetry fun. 🙂
Written By: Brittany Coleman
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