Sunday, April 17, 2016

April Poetry Madness: Opening Round

In honor of April being National Poetry Month, my students and I are organizing a Poetry Book Madness tournament #2016APM. Thank you so much for all those of you who shared your favorite children's poetry books in our previous post and helped seed your favorites.

Click here for the most recent April Poetry Madness posts!

Voting Schedule

  • First round of voting (Sweet 16): Mon. April 18th to Wed. April 20th
  • Second round of voting (Elite 8): Thurs. April 21st to Sat. April 23rd
  • Third round of voting (Final 4): Mon. April 25th to Wed. April 27th
  • Final round of voting (Championship): Thurs. April 28th to Sat. April 29th
  • Winner announced on Sun. May 1st!

Place Your Votes! (Or, scroll down to see details about each book.)

Classic Bracket


#1. Love that Dog (2001) by Sharon Creech. (Read a full review including how I use this book to teach poetry.)

#2. Once I Ate a Pie by Patricia MacLachlan

#3. Dogku (2007) by Andrew Clements. (Read a full review here.)

#4. Meow Ruff: a story in concrete poetry (2006) by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Michelle Berg.

#5.Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974) by Shel Silverstein.

#6. You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: very short stories to read together (2006)by Mary Ann Hoberman.

#7. Scranimals (2002) by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Peter Sis.

#8. Joyful Noise: poems for two voices (1988) by Paul Fleischman. (Read a full review here.)

Newbie Bracket

#1. Echo Echo: Reverso Poems about Greek Myths (2016) by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Josee Masse.

#2. Forgive Me, I Meant To Do It: false apology poems (2012) by Gail Carson Levine and illustrated by Matthew Cordell.

#3. Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons (2014) by Jon J. Muth. (Read a full review here.)

#4. Forest Has a Song (2013) by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater and illustrated by Robbin Gourley.

#5. Orangutanka: a story in poems (2015) by Margarita Engle and illustrated by RenĂ©e Kurilla. (Read a full review here.)


#6. Ode to a Commode (2014) by Brian P. Cleary.

#7. Won Ton: a cat tale told in haiku (2011) by Lee Wardlaw and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin. (Read a full review here, or read a review for the sequel.)


#8. National Geography Book of Animal Poetry (2012) edited by J. Patrick Lewis.

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