My all time favorite poetry read aloud books are Sharon Creech’s, Love That Dog and Hate That Cat. These two stories follow Jack on his journey with poetry and the teacher Miss Stretchberry that pushes him along the way. It’s a story that kids and adults can appreciate, smile and learn from. On Sharon Creech’s website, you can find some good teaching resources for using both books!
and the sequel…
Another fun poetry read aloud book is Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston. This book was recommended by another 5th grade teacher. I did get to read the book, but didn’t get to read it to my kids. It’s a fun fantasy story written all in rhyme. It would go well during a poetry unit for upper elementary kids!
Here are some other good poetry resources!
Poetry Resources from NYC Department of Education
Do you have any good poetry read aloud books or resources that you recommend?
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I would highly recommend Untangling Spaghetti by Steven Herrick. Kids love to hear the poems but it is also a book you see them select over again and again for independent reading. He also writes narratives in prose which are popular with students.
I haven’t heard of that book, I will definitely look it up, thanks for the recommendation Anne! And great post Jee Young!!!
I cried after reading “Love That Dog”-
I can’t tell you how much I love Love That Dog!! Like Julia, I cried and read it again and again.
Poetry read alouds that I love are Douglas Florian’s Poems for Two Voices, Naomi Shihab Nye, Gary Soto, and Robert Frost. (entire list http://imaginationsoup.net/2012/04/reading-poetry-with-kids-new-and-favorite-books/)