A brief consideration of a handful of poetry books will quickly lead one to discover many poems that connect with the sciences. In fact, there are many thematic poetry collections devoted to science-related subjects such as animals, weather, seasons, space, dinosaurs, and time, to name a few (and featured in additional lists). Poetry offers the special vocabulary, imagery, and conciseness that help introduce or reinforce important science concepts.
The list begins:
Coombs, Kate. 2012. Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems. Ill. by Meilo So. San Francisco: Chronicle.
Davies, Nicola. 2012. Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature. Ill. by Mark Hearld. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
Dotlich, Rebecca. 2006. What is Science?. New York: Holt.
Esbensen, Barbara Juster. 1996. Echoes for the Eye: Poems to Celebrate Patterns in Nature. New York: HarperCollins.
Fletcher, Ralph. 1991. Water Planet: Poems about Water. Paramus, NJ: Arrowhead.
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