Learn more about Silverstein poetry and to try some fun activities.
A Foot in the Mouth: Poems to Speak, Sing, and Shout - (ISBN: 978-0763606633)
by Paul B Janeczko, compiler
These 37 mostly-classic pieces of poetry are organized into categories: by the number of voices speaking in the poem, professional favorites, limericks, tongue-twisters, and list poems. For those unfamiliar with the fun of poetry, try several of these long-time classics. From Shakespeare to A.A. Milne, these writers will please all readers.
A Light in the Attic - (ISBN: 978-0061905858)
by Shel Silverstein
With creative rhymes, appalling ideas, and goofy illustrations, Silverstein’s poems are guaranteed to be the ones children reread and memorize. Readers will want to try the other Silverstein classic, <i>Where the Sidewalk Ends</i>.
Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems - (ISBN: 978-0618851324)
by John Grandits
Concrete poems use the layout of the poem together with its words to create a complete message. The poems in this book center around a ninth-grade girl whose concerns mirror those of many adolescents. For example, her “Bad Hair Day” poem finds the lines shooting all over the page, sticking straight up! Try to create your own concrete poem expression, maybe to describe your family or a favorite dessert.
Revolting Poems to Make You Squirm - (ISBN: 978-0192726063)
by Susie Gibbs, editor
For reluctant poetry readers, this collection presents pieces about favorite, disgusting middle school subjects such as snot, saliva, and toe jam. Try to think of other revolting subjects poets might have written about, and then check other books by this editor! Can you write your own disgusting ditty?
Rolling in the Aisles: Kids Pick the Funniest Poems - (ISBN: 978-0689037665)
by Bruce Lansky, editor
Take a look at some of these poems, all selected by elementary and middle school children! If you enjoy humor, Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, and Robert Pottle will make you roar.
The Swamps of Sleethe: Poems from beyond the Solar System - (ISBN: 978-0375846748)
by Jack Prelutsky
Reflecting on the scariest aspects of the unknowns in outer space, Prelutsky creates poems of great linguistic force by combining rich vocabulary and powerful images. Exercise your imagination with these tidbits. A bonus of anagrams guarantees some rigorous work for your brain along with the fun and the scares!