I believe that haiku is a very accessible form of poetry for kids, both to read and to write. Haiku is short, and the "rules" are simple (and can be bent a little). In all the haiku books I've read in preparation for and during this Poetry Week by Week celebration, a few gems stand out. I hope you will take the time to read them and enjoy them as much as I did!
GUYKU: A Year of Haiku for Boys by Bob Racza, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Don't be fooled. This book is not only for boys, but according to the author it was inspired by boys and the things they do. This book celebrates all the things that outdoor loving kiddos enjoy doing throughout the year. It is a delight to read!
I Haiku You by Betsy Snyder
This is a collection of haiku about love. Love between friends, for family, for pets, or things that people (especially kids) enjoy. Quite a charming little book!
DOGKU by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Tim Bowers
A picture book, told completely in haiku form, about a stray dog finding a home. Dogs and haiku--what a perfect combination!
If Not for the Cat by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Ted Rand
A gorgeous collection of haiku about various animals, from one of the most beloved children's poets.
WON TON: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku and WON TON and CHOPSTICK: A Cat and Dog Tale Told in Haiku, by Lee Wardlaw, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
If you've been following along, you will have seen my review of WON TON and CHOPSTICK that I posted yesterday. Both of these books are adorable, sweet stories about new pets and are told completely in haiku form. Don't miss them!
Do you have any favorite haiku books? I'd love to hear about them.