Lewis, J. Patrick. 2012. BOOK OF ANIMAL POETRY.Washington, D.C. National Geographic. ISBN 9781426310096. [Suggested Grade Levels K-12
Take the best of children’s and classical poetry with an appeal to the youth reader, add animal pictures from the best of National Geographic photographers, and you have a volume that appeals to the mind and the senses with something for everyone. The book of 200 poems is divided by “types” of animals: the big ones, the little ones, the winged ones, the water ones, the strange ones, the noisy ones, and the quiet ones. Photographs range from stunning pictures of animals in their natural habitats to the cute “ahhh” inspiring ones.
The book is a must for the school, home, and classroom libraries. It is the perfect volume for reading aloud, for sharing, for classroom use in support of state and Common Core standards, for pleasure reading. With entries from Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson to children’s favorites Jane Yolen and Janet Wong—and everyone in between—even the non-poetry lover can find something to enjoy.
Use to introduce animals and habitats for science curriculum.
Share with the art teacher to be used as a way to introduce visual composition in photography and painting.
Bring in photographs or pictures of animals—pets, animals in the wild—and have students write their own animal poems.
Compare animal facts with the poems description of an animal for a lesson in fiction and nonfiction, compare and contrast.
Florian, Douglas. UNBEELIEVABLES: HONEYBEE POEMS AND PAINTINGS. ISBN 9781442426528
Sidman, Joyce. UBIQUITOUS: CELEBRATING NATURE’S SURVIVORS. ISBN 0618717196
Spelman, Lucy. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANIMAL ENCYCLOPEDIA. ISBN 9781426310225