Poets have written about nature and the natural world for centuries. It’s a favorite topic of writers of poetry for children, too. The following poetry books for young people focus even further on the earth and Earth Day themes such as respect for the land, extinction of species, conservation of resources—all with beautiful imagery and lyrical language.
The list begins:
Ada, Alma Flor. 1997. Gathering the Sun. New York: Lothrop, Lee, & Shepard.
Argueta, Jorge. 2006. Talking with Mother Earth; Poems; Hablando con Madre Tierra. Toronto: Groundwood.
Asch, Frank. 1996. Sawgrass Poems: A View of the Everglades. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace.
Asch, Frank. 1998. Cactus Poems. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace.
Begay, Shonto. 1995. Navajo: Visions and Voices Across the Mesa. New York: Scholastic.
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