Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Poetry Books for Young People that Showcase Poetic Form

Children enjoy discovering the different forms and shapes that poems can take, particularly unusual forms of poetry. Often they even want to try their hands at imitating the form and writing their own. Every book of poetry has elements of poetic form, of course, but the following books are specifically conceived and organized to showcase the form of poetry or variety in poetic forms.

The list begins:

            Frost, Helen. 2004. Spinning through the Universe: a Novel in Poems from Room 214. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Graham, Joan Bransfield. 1999. Flicker Flash. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Grandits, John. 2007. Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems. New York: Clarion.

Harley, Avis. 2000. Fly With Poetry: An ABC of Poetry New York: Wordsong/Boyds Mills.

Holbrook, Sara and Allan Wolf. 2008. More than Friends: Poems from Him and Her. 
     Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills.

Janeczko, Paul B. 2005. A Kick in the Head. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.

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