Wednesday, April 13, 2016

April Poetry Madness - vote to seed your favorites!

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.

We would like to narrow down the submissions to a bracket with 8 books on each side: the "classic" bracket (books published before 2010) and the "newbie" bracket (books published since 2010). Please vote for your top 5 favorites in each category.

Click here for the most recent April Poetry Madness posts!

Voting Schedule

  • Seeding Votes (this post): Wed. April 13th to Sat. April 16th
  • 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!

Potential Entrants for the Classic Bracket


Animal Poems (2007) by Valerie Worth and illustrated by Steve Jenkins. (Read a full review here.)

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


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

Loose Leashes (2007) by Amy Schmidt and photographes by Ron Schmidt.


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

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


Once I Ate a Pie by Patricia MacLachlan

Once Upon Ice and Other Frozen Poems (1997) selected by Jane Yolen with photographs by Jason Stemple.


A Pizza the Size of the Sun (1994) by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by James Stevenson.

Poems to Dream Together / Poemas para soñar juntos (2005) by Francisco X. Alarcón and illustrated by Paula Barragán. (Read a full review here.)


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

Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974) by Shel Silverstein.


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

Yum! MmMm! Qué rico! America's Sproutings by Pat Mora and illustrated by Rafael Lopez. (Read a full review here.)

Potential Entries for the Newbie Bracket


Amazing Faces (2010) collected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Chris Soentpiet. (Read a review here.)

Book Speak! Poems about Books (2011) by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Josée Bisaillon.


Dear Wandering Wildebeest (2014) by Irene Latham and illustrated by Anna Wadham. (Read a full review here.)

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


Firefly July: a year of very short poems (2014) selected by Paul Janeczko and illustrated by Melissa Sweet. (Read a full review here.)

Flutter & Hum: animal poems / Aleteo y Zumbido: poemas de animales (2015) by Julie Paschkis. (Read a full review here.)


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

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


Guyku: a year of haiku for boys (2010) by Bob Raczka and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. (Read a full review here.)

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


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

Orangutanka: a story in poems (2015) by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Renée Kurilla. (Read a full review here.)


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

Poems in the Attic (2015) by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. (Read a full review here.)

Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold (2014) by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Rick Allen.

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.)

Vote for Your Favorites (up to 5 in each category)


  1. I voted, but man, that was hard! So many wonderful books, I wanted to choose them all! Sounds like a really fun classroom project, though.

    1. Thanks, Michelle! The brackets are out now, and the kids are delighted to start narrowing down their favorites.

  2. Wow. So many beautiful books that I don't think we have in Australia... :( Obviously I can't vote - but I sure could put in a wish list!!

    1. I'd love to hear about the great books you have that we don't yet know about!

  3. I think I have nearly everyone, Katie, what a great group of poetry books! I did vote, but it wasn't easy. I kept un-clicking!

    1. Thanks for participating, Linda! The brackets are out today, and there has been much dismay as kids are forced to reckon with favorites pitted against each other!


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