Poetry is my very favorite thing to write, and I’m thrilled to share with you my poetry books for kids and teachers!
by Laura Purdie Salas, illus by Josée Bisaillon
Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2011)
In BookSpeak!, 21 wild, wacky, and winsome poems showcase the magic on a single bookshelf. Characters plead for sequels, book jackets strut their stuff, and a raucous party starts when the lights go out at the bookstore!
- Awards, book trailer, and resources for teachers about BookSpeak!
- Purchasing information for BookSpeak!
30 Painless Classroom Poems
Teachers, here are my poetry books for kids–written just for you! Each book contains 30 (or more) poems to use in your classroom, plus lots of extras for educators!
- the background/inspiration for each poetry collection
- tips for using poetry in the classroom
- Note from the Poet with EVERY poem, covering things from word choice to form to idea to author’s purpose
- activity guide written by a classroom educator
Just click on the image to learn more about the series!
Set of 10 Themed Poetry Collections
I wrote poetry collections about food, space, school, the rain forest, colors, weather, pets, transportation, the United States, and fall. These photo-illustrated collections make great introductions to poetry for K-2 students.
Note: These titles are out of print, so please look for used copies or check your local library. Thanks!
My rhyming nonfiction Can Be… series get categorized as poetry, nonfiction, or picture books, depending on who’s doing the categorizing :>) So I’m including them on my poetry books for kids page, though they are also nonfiction! Learn more about my Can Be… books here, featuring lots of facts about the various roles of simple things (leaves, water, and rocks), rhyming text, and gorgeous art by Violeta Dabija.
I wrote all three of these books for students, but I find lots of adult beginning poets like to use them, too! Check out my three books on how to write poetry.
by Laura Purdie Salas, illus by Steven Sarlerno
Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
18 imaginative poems observe students in their natural habitat and reveal their unusual behavior, crazy communication, and healthy appetites. School brings out the animal in all of them. And if you look carefully, you may glimpse the wild side of yourself!
Note: This title is out of print, so please look for a used copy or check your local library. Thanks!