Three Children’s Poetry Books to Sample

Celebrate National Poetry Month with these three books of poems for children! You can access them with your Marblehead library card. If you don’t have a card, find out how to register online.

The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan

Award-winning verse novel about a year of change. The premise is a school about to be torn down, and the responses in poems from the eighteen kids in one class during the whole of that year.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers

Here are Fred Rogers’ song lyrics from his iconic TV show that work beautifully as illustrated poems. You don’t need music to enjoy these positive messages about children’s feelings.

Stardines Swim High Across the Sky by Jack Prelutsky

Pair objects with animals and the result is goofy, fun, whimsical poetry. The fantastical poems are illustrated with found object effects like strange curiosity cabinets.This is available as an audiobook on Overdrive/Libby and hoopla.