Poetry Read Alouds for Elementary Teachers (Grades 1-5) in 2024

Are you an elementary teacher looking for poetry read alouds? This post shares popular poetry picture books for kids that elementary teachers often use as read alouds in the classroom. Take a peek below to learn more about these poetry read alouds!

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Below is a list of some of our favorite poetry read alouds. Check them out below!

1. Change Sings by Amanda Gorman

In Change Sings by Amanda Gorman, presidential inaugural poet, Amanda Gorman, shares that to make change, we all need to work together. Despite background, disabilities, culture, and income, when we come together, we are stronger. Written in the first person, Amanda takes us on an empowering journey as she exudes kindness, inclusivity, and teamwork. With the incredible artistry of Loren Long, students will see the variety of ways that together, we can make a difference. They share that rather than building fences, build bridges, and to support members of the community that are less fortunate. This heartwarming and impactful story will be sure to get students thinking about the power within ourselves!

Check out these Change Sings lessons and activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging interactive read aloud lessons!

2. The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander is originally from ESPN’s Undefeated. This story is written as a poem throughout the pages. This book covers ground from the deep trauma of slavery, to the bravery of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to the more recent Serena sisters. This beautiful text includes detailed illustrations, rich vocabulary, and a timeline of all that African-Americans have endured.

Check out these The Undefeated lessons and activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging interactive read aloud lessons!

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In closing, we hope you found this list of poetry read alouds helpful! They are part of our Starts With a Story collection. If you want to get more book ideas to read aloud to your elementary students, then grab this reading freebie. It includes read aloud books lists, reading logs, and reading challenges for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom teachers. It will have you covered for the entire school year, as well as the summer months! Grab this free elementary reading packet now!

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