If your older elementary or middle school child enjoys writing poetry, inspire them to follow their dream with these great poetry books for middle school.
Poetry is essential for children of all ages because the rhyme and rhythm can help children develop a love a language—and a love of reading. Once kids begin flexing their writing muscles, poetry can spark their creativity and let their imaginations soar!
Below is a short list of some of our children’s favorite popular myth and legends for kids. These books will make a great addition to your child’s summer reading list, and most are approved for use in all public and private schools.
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Great Poetry Books for Middle School 9-12 Years Old
Neighborhood Odes, by Gary Soto
Award-winning poet Gary Soto and Caldecott winner David Diaz turn their eyes on the world of kids. From family pictures to pinatas, from the gato with a meow like a rusty latch to Fourth of July fireworks, the startling and often overlooked moments that define childhood are vividly brought to life by these two acclaimed talents.
A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems, by Paul Janeczko
Concrete poems startle and delight the eye and mind. The size and arrangement of words and letters can add or alter meaning — forming a poem that takes the shape of crows that fly off the page or becoming a balloon filled with rhyme, drifting away from outstretched hands. Here, in a single extraordinary volume, are thirty poems from some of the world's finest visual poets, including John Hollander, Emmett Williams, Maureen W. Armour, and Douglas Florian. New to the paperback edition, tucked inside the front cover, are tips, guidelines, and inspiration for writing your own concrete poems.
Summersaults: Poems and Paintings, by Douglas Florian
What do you like about summer?
Ice cream cones?
What do you not like about summer?