Kumon Booklist – Poetry
Is it about that time- for your child to learn rhymes? Want to find it in a book? Here! Take a look! Poetry opens a new door of creativity through language. Here is a selection of books from the Recommended Reading List to spark your child’s imagination and enjoyment of poems.
- Here’s a Little Poem compiled by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters
Readers between kindergarten and 2nd grade
This anthology has over 60 very short poems by a wide range of talented writers, including Margaret Wise Brown, Gertrude Stein, Langston Hughes, and A. A. Milne. The large, colorful type highlights the moments of a young learner’s world from rising in the morning and enjoying the adventures of the day to settling in at bedtime. A few poems in this book are also given as text exemplars for teachers to use along with the Common Core State Standards.
- A Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein
Readers between 2nd to 4th grades
Beloved children’s author Shel Silverstein published this hilarious rhyming picture book the same year as The Giving Tree. A Giraffe and a Half is sure to keep children laughing all the way through. This book is also great to read aloud to preschoolers and young students.
- Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman
Readers between 3rd and 5th grades
Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices is an interesting, Newbery Medal-winning collection of poetry and is intended to be read aloud by two readers, sometimes in turns and sometimes together. This fascinating and poetic guide celebrates the world of insects through this unique format. The lives of several different types of insects—from grasshoppers to fireflies to butterflies—are described.
- archy and mehitabel by Don Marquis
Readers between 7th and 9th grades
Taking place in New York City, this classic book of poetry presents the tale of archy the cockroach and mehitabel the alley cat. Both have led previous lives, and the poems capture their stories, past and present. It is archy who records their experiences on the boss’s typewriter late at night, but he is unable to hold down the shift key to type capital letters. Best read aloud, the content is light, but also thoughtful.
- 101 Great American Poems by various authors
Readers in high school
In 101 Great American Poems readers will find a selection of verse representing a wide range of poetic styles and voices, mostly from the 19th and 20th centuries. The authors include famous poets such as Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Thirteen poems are given as text exemplars for teachers to use along with the Common Core State Standards.