1st Edition

40 Poems for 40 Weeks Integrating Meaningful Poetry and Word Ladders into Grades 3-5 Literacy

Edited By David L. Harrison, Timothy V. Rasinski Copyright 2025
    200 Pages 80 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    200 Pages 80 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    With this anthology of hand-chosen poems written by well-known, beloved poets, you can introduce poetry to your students in the classroom and beyond. Poetry is a powerful tool for teaching phonics, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and a love of reading. Curated specifically for students in grades 3-5, this book contains 40 poems for 40 weeks in the school year, making it easy for teachers and librarians to read the poems sequentially throughout the year, choose them at random, or match a theme with current needs or events. The book eliminates the need to track down poems to read each week, and it provides a reading list of 120 books of poetry, making it one of the richest sources for poetry titles specifically for young students. Along with the poems are word ladders to aid in lessons on word decoding and encoding, vocabulary, and interest in word study. With poetry from award-winning authors and Poets Laureate, this is an essential resource for teachers and librarians hoping to inspire their students with poetry.


    Angela Knight


    Sylvia Vardell

    1. The Fun of Reading Poems Aloud

    David L Harrison

    2. Poetry and Word Games: Essential for Learning to Read

    Timothy Rasinski

    3. Meet the Poets

    1. Alan Katz                               
    2. Allan Wolf                             
    3. Amy VanDerwater                 
    4. Avis Harley                            
    5. Betsy Franco                          
    6. Charles Ghigna                                  
    7. Charles Waters                                   
    8. David Harrison                                  
    9. Eileen Spinelli                       
    10. Ellen Hopkins                        
    11. Eric Ode                                             
    12. Georgia Heard                       
    13. Greg Pincus                           
    14. Heidi Stemple                        
    15. Irene Latham                          
    16. Jane Yolen                             
    17. Janet Wong                            
    18. Joseph Bruchac                      
    19. Joyce Sidman                         
    20. Kalli Dakos
    21. Karen Craigo                         
    22. Kate Coombs                         
    23. Kenn Nesbitt                          
    24. Leslea Newman                     
    25. Margarita Engle                     
    26. Marilyn Singer                                   
    27. Marjorie Maddox
    28. Maryfrances Wagner             
    29. Mary Lee Hahn                                  
    30. Matt Forrest                           
    31. Michael Salinger                    
    32. Nancy Bo Flood                     
    33. Nikki Grimes                         
    34. Nile Stanley                           
    35. Rebecca Dotlich                    
    36. Renee LaTuippe                     
    37. Sandy Asher
    38. Sara Holbrook
    39. Ted Kooser
    40. Wyatt Townley

    4. List of Suggested Books to Read


    David L. Harrison is currently Missouri Poet Laureate. His 108 published titles include 90 books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for young readers and 18 educational books for teachers. His work has been anthologized in more than 200 books, translated into twelve languages, sandblasted into the Burton Barr Children’s Garden sidewalk in Phoenix, Arizona, and painted on a bookmobile in Pueblo, Colorado.

    Timothy V. Rasinski is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University and director of its award winning reading clinic. He has written over 200 articles and has authored, co-authored or edited over 50 books or curriculum programs on reading education. His scholarly interests include reading fluency and word study, reading in the elementary and middle grades, and readers who struggle.