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Poetry Books and Nursery Rhymes

Printable, projectable, and professionally developed poetry books, traditional nursery rhymes, and poetry writing lessons with scaffolded worksheets provide students with various opportunities to read, identify, and write poetry.

  • Books are an excellent way to introduce various rhyme patterns.
  • When used as read-alouds with emergent readers, the books provide opportunities to listen for rhyming patterns, an important phonological awareness skill.
  • More advanced readers can enjoy reading books with rhyme and rhythm.

Top Five Reasons Why Students Should Study Poetry

1. Poetry supports the development of the building block of literacy as defined in Put Reading First, the Common Core State Standards, and the Every Student Succeeds Act.
2. Poetry supports the development of the traits of good writing and addresses needs to raise the standards for writing.
3. Poetry is an excellent venue to teach and reinforce discrete grammar and vocabulary skills.
4. Poetry provides a focus for reading and writing, and helps students learn how to be concise.
5. Poetry supports components defined in brain research, such as the importance of searching for patterns, and is an acceptable way for students to express emotions and feelings.
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