Category Archives: Poetry

Rhyme Schemer

Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt Grades 4-8 Kevin is having a rough start to seventh grade, and is jotting his feelings down in a notebook in free verse poetry (though he doesn’t realize that is what it is yet). His … Continue reading

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Orangutanka: A Story in Poems

Orangutanka: A Story in Poems by Margarita Engle Grades K-3 This fun picture book about an orangutan family is told entirely in Tanka poems, the format of which is explained in the beginning of the book. This small family group … Continue reading

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Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson This collection of free verse poetry traces award-winning author Jaqueline Woodson’s journey as she became the writer that she is today. Starting with her birth and family roots in Ohio to her mother’s return … Continue reading

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The Crossover

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander This powerful novel is written in free verse poetry told from the point of view of twelve year old Josh Bell. Josh and his twin brother JB are the stars of their middle school basketball … Continue reading

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Serafina’s Promise

Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg Grades 4 & up Told in free verse poetry, this powerful book is a testament to the power of hope and love. Serafina faces many obstacles on her way to becoming a doctor. First, … Continue reading

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Mountain Dog

Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle Grades 5-8 Told through free verse poems in alternating chapters by 11-year-old Tony and Search-and-Rescue dog Gabe, this powerful story explores the healing powers of dogs. Tony’s mother ran a Pit Bull fighting ring in … Continue reading

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Insectlopedia

Insectlopedia by Douglas Florian grades K & up This is one of my all time favorite books of poetry by Douglas Florian. Each of the 21 poems is about a different type of insect, including weevils, mosquitoes, crickets, termites, and … Continue reading

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Casey at the Bat

Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888 by Ernest L. Thayer, illustrated by Christopher Bing grades K & up Casey at the Bat has been a favorite poem of mine since childhood, and … Continue reading

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Looking for Me

Looking for Me by Betsy R. Rosenthal grades 4-7 Edith is 4th in a Jewish family of 12 children in Baltimore during the Great Depression. Seemingly simplistic, this story is told in poems, and follows the course of one year … Continue reading

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Hate that Cat

Hate that Cat by Sharon Creech grades 3-6 This fabulous sequel to Love that Dog is once again written in free verse poems. As the reader follows Jack through his hatred of cats, and his overcoming the fear of loving … Continue reading

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