Roses Are Red. Violets Are Blue. I Have Some Great Poetry Books for You! (And More!)

Emily Dickinson, I’m not. But fortunately for you, I have some great resources to usher in National Poetry Month (April) and add creativity to your classroom!


Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, April 12, 2015, to tell me what are your favorites when you click on the resources below. One lucky teacher will win four books focused on poetry. Out and About: A First Book of Poems follows Katie and Olly through a collection of poetic sights. Then an owl with an unusual passion for poetry learns to shine in Otto the Owl Who Loved Poetry. Strange and silly critters are featured in the collection of poems by Calef Brown in Hypnotize a Tiger: Poems About Just About Everything. In The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects, trace the canon from the Middle Ages to contemporary poems.  (Update: congratulations to Brenda, who is the winner of our prize.)


There are sure to be giggles in your classroom when you “Shelebrate” National Poetry Month with free resources based on Shel Silverstein’s classics. At, you’ll find lessons and activities, event kits, and drawing booklets. Plus get the free Shel Silverstein Teaching Guide, featuring classroom activities, discussion questions, and writing prompts aligned to the Common Core.




It’s a new month, so that means you have a new chance to win a class set—30 copies—of the book of the month from Disney Worldwide Publishing. (Is there a poetry book featured? You bet!) The picks for April are We Are in a Book!; Red Kite, Blue Kite (April is also National Kite Month); and Poems to Learn by Heart. Get free activities for these and other books, plus download reading tips and teacher guides. Enter and get your freebies at


Looking for a way to inspire creative play with your little ones? Imaginetics playsets provide limitless opportunities. Now you have the chance to be the lucky teacher to win an Imaginetics playset prize pack valued at over $285. Ten runners-up will each win a prize pack worth more than $140. Plus get free skill-stretching ideas that work with almost any Imaginetics playset. Everyone who enters gets a valuable discount code. The deadline is April 30, 2015, so enter now at


Don’t forget; submit a comment for a chance to win the four books!


20 thoughts on “Roses Are Red. Violets Are Blue. I Have Some Great Poetry Books for You! (And More!)

  1. Would love to have the poetry books. What great titles and they would be an awesome addition to my collection!

  2. Wow! Those are some awesome books and teacher’s guides at Disney Publishing Worldwide!I love to help the students write poetry!

  3. Oh my goodness I can’t pick just one these are great resources and wonderful Kids poetry books. Thank you

  4. I use poetry in the classroom as a memory tool. I’m a big fan of Charlotte Mason and oral narration. I think memorizing poems let students stimulate their brain for further memory for future endeavors.

  5. Those Shel Silverstein resources are amazing! Thank you so much! I love utilizing poetry in the classroom. So fun and different!

  6. My Shel Silverstein books are held together with tape and a prayer from all the use by my students. Thanks for all the great resources to further use the books.

  7. I love the Shel Silverstein resource book. I have so many of his books, this resource would be a great way to help me introduce more of his poetry to my students!

  8. We would love the disney books set. We are always looking for good books to help us teach the preschoolers about respect, responsibility and all the character building skills.

  9. I would love to receive Shel Silverstein for my students, I am in live with all of his work and I know my class would love to read so poetry by him.

  10. I love all the resources you provide. Shel Silverstein is such a creative writer. It stretches young minds.

  11. I am going to check out Shel Silverstein’s resources. He is a great poet. I believe my daughter has every one of his books.

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