Prime Time for a Rhyme: Win All of These Clever & Inspiring Poetry Books

Do you have a favorite poem? I don’t, though I feel like I should. March 21 is World Poetry Day, and April is National Poetry Month. Perhaps that’s why this assortment of poetry books caught my eye:

One lucky teacher will win all three of these great books. To get in on our random drawing, submit a comment to this blog by Thursday, March 26, and let us know if you have a favorite poem (and if so, what it is). I’m hoping to find some inspiration! Congratulations to our lucky winner Carol!

Now check out this week’s literary freebies.



In The Writing Bee contest, a children’s author writes a chapter of a book, and grades 4 and 5 students write the next chapters. After several qualifying rounds, a winner is chosen. Register by March 31 to get in on the fun at




Discover a new way for students to tell their stories with My Storybook. With this free service, kids create stories, upload images, and share their stories as published authors. See how it works at


Tap into a free collection of grade-appropriate texts for grades 3 and up in language arts, science, and social studies. Actively Learn materials are paired with activities, videos, and questions, too, to create a deep learning experience. Get started at


I do love Shel Silverstein’s wit, and as a kid I remember loving a book of poems that had a potato chip and a moon on the cover. I can’t wait to hear about your favorites!


PS: Alma in Chicago, Melani in Redondo Beach, Wendy in Quincy—these teachers and dozens more are recent winners in the Learning magazine WIN contests. Our next round of prize drawings is coming up soon; enter here


PPS: Just found this free downloadable Shel Silverstein poetry kit: I’m downloading mine!

28 thoughts on “Prime Time for a Rhyme: Win All of These Clever & Inspiring Poetry Books

  1. I teach my second graders some verses from The Flag Goes By by Henry Holcomb Bennett. It teaches patriotism and respect for the flag.

  2. My favorite (and my Kindergartener’s) is Every Day Birds by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. It’s a wonderful poem about birds stretched out across the pages of a gorgeously illustrated picture book. We are in the process of studying it one stanza a week for several months. A close read, if you will.

  3. I have so many favorite poems! I think I will share a silly favorite from childhood:
    I never saw a purple cow,
    I never hope to see one.
    But I can tell you, anyhow–
    I’d rather see than be one!
    (by Gelett Burgess)

    Isn’t that simple and silly? But it for some reason, it always made me smile.

  4. I just love “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out” by Shel Silvertein. The little ones love how gross it is and the what if.

  5. Dogku that was written by Andrew Clements is always one of my favorite books to read to my elementary students. Each page of the entire story is a haiku that makes up the whole story of a lost dog!

  6. For me, Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins. I read it to the kids every year, but they prefer Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast, by Jack Prelutsky.

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