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4 Perfect Poetry Picture Books for Preschool & Kindergarten! (updated 3/2024)

These picture books are perfect for independent reading or classroom and storytime read-alouds. Wordsong, an imprint of Astra Books for Young Readers, has picture books for kids at every age + every stage!

Push-Pull Morning: Dog-Powered Poems About Matter and Energy

Introduce children to physics through play, poetry, and a puppy in this joyous celebration of how physics matters in our everyday lives.

“Peters and Bloch take on important educational concepts and, in classic scientific fashion, transform them into something wholly original and interesting.” —Booklist

Download the educator guide here!

Read! Read! Read!

Twenty-three poems capture the joys of reading.

From that thrilling moment when a child first learns to decipher words, to the excitement that follows in reading everything from road signs to field guides to internet articles to stories, these poems celebrate reading. They also explore what reading does — how it opens minds, can make you kind, and allows you to explore the whole world. Ryan O’Rourke’s rich artwork beautifully captures the imagination and playfulness in these poems by noted author Amy Ludwig VanDerwater.

“April may be Poetry Month, but this collection is worth sharing at any time.” – Booklist

School People

Fifteen poems selected by acclaimed poet and anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins celebrate all of the grown-ups that children encounter during the course of a school day.

“The verse of several well-known poets…interweave beautifully with that of many less familiar voices, resulting in a collection that is fun to read and to listen to. The digital artwork is bright and eye-catching; the cartoon people animated and upbeat. Used to kick off a writing assignment or to brighten up a gloomy day, these entertaining poems will hit the spot.” –School Library Journal

If This Bird Had Pockets: A Poem in Your Pocket Day Celebration

An ideal gift for children who love animals, this picture book is a celebration of Poem in your Pocket Day and a charmingly illustrated collection of playful poems about 19 different creatures.

“VanDerwater’s playful collection (is) fun to contemplate… each poem also imparts a information about its speaker, making for a group of brief lessons as pleasing as they are accessible about ‘life in the/ wondrous wild.'” –Publishers Weekly