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Recommended Children's Books - Poetry and Picture Books

Soccerverse by Elizabeth Steinglass

"A book is a present you can open again and again."

People are always looking for recommended children's books that meet specific needs. We could easily list hundreds of titles, but here are just a few dozen favorites that would be great additions to any classroom, library, or home—AND great book gifts. Print this page, mark it up with hearts and stars (or soccer balls and snails), then share your wish list with colleagues, book club friends, and families! Note: we may receive affiliate commissions if you buy books with these links; we use these funds for donations to children in need.

Poetry for the Very Young

Poetry for Primary Grades

Bookjoy, Wordjoy by Pat Mora (IndieBound)

Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems by Kate Coombs (IndieBound)

Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers' Market by Michelle Schaub (IndieBound)

Snowman - Cold = Puddle: Spring Equation Poems by Laura Purdie Salas (IndieBound)

Soccerverse: Poems about Soccer by Elizabeth Steinglass (IndieBound)

Poetry for Intermediate Grades

Bravo! Poems about Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle (IndieBound)

Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham and Charles Waters (IndieBound)

Echo Echo: Reverso Poems about Greek Myths by Marilyn Singer (IndieBound)

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry by J. Patrick Lewis (IndieBound)

Superlative Birds by Leslie Bulion (IndieBound)

Poetry for Older Readers

Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeannine Atkins (IndieBound)

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes (IndieBound)

They Call Me Güero by David Bowles (IndieBound)

Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners by Naomi Shihab Nye (IndieBound)

What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms, and Blessings by Joyce Sidman (IndieBound)

Poetry for Teachers and Librarians

From Striving to Thriving: Strategies that Jump-Start Writing by Stephanie Harvey, Sara Holbrook, and Michael Salinger (IndieBound)

Heart Maps: Helping Students Create and Craft Authentic Writing by Georgia Heard (IndieBound)

A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Foms by Paul Janeczko (IndieBound)

Poems Are Teachers: How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater (IndieBound)

Poetry Mentor Texts: Making Reading and Writing Connections, K-8 by Lynne R. Dorfman and Rose Cappelli (IndieBound)

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell

Picture Books for the Very Young

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin (IndieBound)

First Laugh, Welcome Baby by Rose Ann Tahe and Nancy Bo Flood (IndieBound)

Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman (IndieBound)

Love You Always by Eileen Spinelli (IndieBound)

Peekity Boo—What You Can Do! by Heidi Bee Roemer (IndieBound)

Picture Books for Primary Grades

All Around Us by  Xelena González (IndieBound)

I Love Saturdays y domingos by Alma Flor Ada (IndieBound)

More than Enough: A Passover Story by April Halprin Wayland (IndieBound)

Nya's Long Walk: A Step at a Time by Linda Sue Park (IndieBound)

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell (IndieBound)

Picture Books for Intermediate Grades

Papa Put a Man on the Moon by Kristy Dempsey (IndieBound)

The Poem that Will Not End by Joan Bransfield Graham (IndieBound)

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate (IndieBound)

A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant (IndieBound)

The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop by Carole Boston Weatherford (IndieBound)

Picture Books to Inspire Discussion with Older Readers

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy (IndieBound)

Niko Draws a Feeling by Bob Raczka (IndieBound)

One Day, The End: Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Stories by Rebecca Kai Dotlich (IndieBound)

One Wave at a Time: A Story about Grief and Healing by Holly Thompson (IndieBound)

You Have to Write by Janet Wong (IndieBound)

Get Them While You Can!

We don't want to overwhelm you (and your shopping cart) with too many recommended children's books at once, so we'll add more to this list each month. Please remember: books are going out of print more quickly than ever before, so if you see titles you like, buy them as book gifts—or send a link to this page to your PTO, principal, or book club friends!