Poetry Books for Kids

Looking for some fun “Poetree” books for kids? These books include poems about nature, trees, history, and more. Actually, not all of them are for kids, so check it out!

A girl writes a poem to a tree, but then is surprised when the tree writes back in this wondrous and warm picture book about friendship, nature, and the power of poetry.

The snow has melted, the buttercups are blooming, and Sylvia celebrates winter’s end by writing a poem. She ties her poem to a birch tree, hoping that it doesn’t count as littering if it makes the world more beautiful. But when she returns, a new poem is waiting for her. Could the tree really be writing back? Sylvia decides to test her theory, and so begins a heartwarming poetic correspondence…as well as an unexpected new friendship.

Lyrical and sweetly satisfying, Poetree is about finding beauty in the world around you, and new friends in unlikely places.

Award-winning author Caroline Pignat’s first picture book is an intriguing blend of carefully composed verbal images, knit together with extraordinary visuals by award-winning illustrator François Thisdale.

The poem is indeed about the yearly cycle in the life of a tree. But it is also an intriguing poetic concoction. The initial letters of each line in each stanza spell out a word that pertains to that tree’s life cycle – SEED, GERMINATE, SHOOT, ROOTS, LEAVES, FLOWERS. It’s a kids’ acrostic.

Young readers will discover the secrets of the poems as they read the text and look at the illustrations that show a rural setting with trees, a farmer, barns, animals and the changing of the seasons. There are also puzzles for the discerning reader.

CLIMBING POETREE is the combined force of two boundary-breaking soul sisters who have sharpened their art as a tool to expose injustice, channel hope into vision, and make a better future visible, immediate, and irresistible.

With roots in Colombia and Haiti, Alixa and Naima reside in Brooklyn and track footprints across the country and globe, weaving together their voices to tell powerful stories that expose injustice, dissolve apathy with hope, and help heal our inner trauma so that we may begin to cope with the issues facing our communities. Since their debut as a duo in 2003, CLIMBING POETREE has organized 25 national and international tours that have taken them to hundreds of venues from Los Angeles to London, Honolulu to Havana, and Chiapas to Chicago.

If you haven’t yet met Boris, the lonely vampire with a terrible secret, the Freckle Farm family, the Navy Bean sailors and the Dandelion Ghosts coming to your yard, begin your adventure with Poetree.

All these characters and more are waiting inside among the leaves. This modern classic is a notable must-read for children! If you take a closer look at the cover, you’ll see some of the characters mentioned.

The author heads down a road less traveled and captures her many roles and life experiences by way of poetry.

She invites readers to venture into her multifaceted life, sharing her journey as a daughter, sister, confidant, veteran, wife, mother, and Christian by expressing the raw emotions of her encounters and inner thoughts. She paints a picture of her inner most feelings as a teenage girl making decisions that were sometimes seemingly unforgivable, especially to her.

The author goes on to captivate the audience by sharing her challenges of self and societal doubt, “people pleasing,” fear of the unknown, growing pains, and finally her evolving relationship with God. She shares her journey through poetic expressions and invites you to witness and share in her spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical growth in motion.

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