Thursday, April 21, 2016

April Poetry Madness: Elite 8

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.

Voting Schedule

  • 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.

Newbie Bracket

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

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

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

#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.)


  1. Thanks for doing this. Always fun to root for your favorites.

  2. Fun books, Katie. Great that you're doing this. The newbies are "all" favorites!

    1. Thanks, Linda. Agreed. The kids have asked me if I am voting, but I haven't - too many favorites!


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