Poetry books can consist of just one poem or be story books that are written in verse.  They are also books that are a collection of individual poems. Poetry itself is built on the feelings that a reader experiences while they read.

The Tighty Whitey Spider

The Tighty Whitey Spider:
And More Wacky Animal Poems I Totally Made Up

By: Kenn Nesbit

Illustrated By: Ethan Long



Reviewer: Brandon Berrey

Grade Level: 3-6

Reading Level: 4.6

A collection of 58 short poems with wonderful illustrations for each poem.  Most of the poems and illustrations have an animal theme.  The poems themselves encompasses all sorts of subjects from basketball to homework.  The book itself also has a companion CD that you can listen to while reading the book.  What is the tighty whitey spider?  Only you can find out by taking a peek into this book.

Love That Dog


Love That Dog

By: Sharon Creech



Reviewer: Mike Slowinski

Grade Level: 7-9

Reading Level: 4.1

Jack, like many other young adolescent boys, hates poetry. Agonized when his teacher begins to encourage him to write poetry for class, Jack unknowingly sets off on a journey to find the power of the written word. Inspired by a poem from Walter Dean Myers, Jack begins to write poems about his canine childhood companion, Sky. A clever blend of original poetry and intertextual pieces, Love That Dog will help all young writers to develop an understanding and accessibility to some of the most famous and influential poems of all time, including William Carlos Williams', The Red Wheelbarrow, William Blake's The Tiger, Robert Frosts' Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening, and more! A subversively sophisticated poetry collection that will tug at the heartstrings of any pet-owner and empower young readers and writers to pick up their pens to record their stories.

Giant Children


Giant Children

By: Brod Bagert



Reviewer: Joseph Diefenthaler

Grade Level: K-3

Reading Level: 4.4

This is a collection of hilarious and gross poems that kids will love.  Bagert has poems of stage fear to boys that stink, from loving boogers to loving chocolate.  It will keep you laughing from the first poem to the last.