If you are looking for some books that aren’t the usual fare, why not try some science/nature themed poetry? Here are a few that deserve to be a part of every home library.
If Not for the Cat by Jack Prelutsky and Ted Rand (Illustrator)
A friend of mine recently showed me this book, written all in haiku. Although that might sound about as exciting as bread molding, this is an incredible book. The vocabulary is stimulating, and the illustrations are superb. I would say this book would be acceptable as a read aloud for younger children and definitely would be a book your children would return to again and again. Although the cat is the title, most of the poems involve creatures from nature.
insectlopedia by Douglas Florian
My son’s first grade teacher gave a copy of this book to my son and he still cherishes it. I love the fact it is accurate and insightful, as well as creatively fun. And yes, the title is supposed to be in lower case.
mammalabilia by Douglas Florian
Douglas Florian actually has a whole series of poetry books, so if your child isn’t interested in insects, try some of the others.
in the swim by Douglas Florian
The Amazon.com review of this book says: “Even the most educated marine biologist could learn something from this whimsical, beautifully illustrated collection of 21 poems about sea life.”
Math Talk: Mathematical Ideas in Poems for Two Voices by Theoni Pappas
Although not a science book, per se, if you like poems for two voices, this is another fun one.
Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out by Ralph Fletcher
This book is a great resource for older children (and even adults) who are interested in writing poetry. If every school used this book to teach poetry, I am positive that poetry would be everyone’s favorite subject.
Finally, if you want to learn more about nature/science poetry, try The Miss Rumphius Effect website.
Hope you enjoy some poetry today!