Wednesday, April 25, 2018

In the Classroom: Spotlight on Science Poetry

Since April is poetry month, I thought I’d share ten of my favorite science and nature poetry books for children. Most of these authors have created many wonderful books. If you aren’t familiar with their work, I urge you to visit their websites to see what else they’ve written for young readers.

Forest Has a Song by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater and Robbin Gourley

A Leaf Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas and Violeta Dabija
Leaf Litter Critters by Leslie Bulion and Robert Meganck

On the Wing by David Elliott and Becca Stadtlander

Thunder Underground by Jane Yolen and Josée Masse


  1. Thank you very much, Melissa, for including FOREST HAS A SONG on this wonderful list. I so respect your work, and this is an honor. Happy continued National Poetry Month...and Happy Spring! xx

  2. I love eight of these books, and two are going on my "Find this!" list immediately. Thanks for including A LEAF CAN BE..., Melissa!

  3. Wonderful list. Thank you! I love love love FOREST HAS A SONG and have recommended it to many teachers. It is as uplifting as it is educational.

  4. Great list! I also love "Cricket in the Thicket" by Carol Murray, illustrated by Melissa Sweet.

  5. <3 Forest Has a Song (and Every Day Birds) :)

    Perfectly complementary, and of course pretty much all of Joyce Sidman's books work well here too as well as April's. I absolutely LOVED Thank You, Earth!!

    I would also add David Harrison's books, Now You See Them, Now You Don't; his new one, A Place To Start a Family, and many, many more!

    Poetry + Science = <3

  6. I love this list! Some of my favorites are on here, and some new ones to discover. Thank you for that!