First off, two books of poetry feature fruits and vegetables fresh from the garden, including poems about gardening itself. Look for:
Shannon, George. 2006. Busy in the Garden. Ill. by Sam Williams. New York: Greenwillow.
Havill, Juanita. 2006. I Heard It from Alice Zucchini: Poems About the Garden. San Francisco: Chronicle.
Gunning, Monica. 1998. Under The Breadfruit Tree: Island Poems. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press.
Mora, Pat. 2007. Yum! Mmmm! Que Rico!: America's Sproutings. New York: Lee & Low.
If you have the facilities for cooking, these three poetry collections offer recipe-like poems to read aloud and follow step-by-step.
Argueta, Jorge. 2009. Sopa de frijoles/ Bean Soup. Ill. by Rafael Yockteng. Toronto, ON: Groundwood.
Argueta, Jorge. 2010. Arroz con leche; Rice Pudding. Ill. by Fernando Vilela. Toronto, ON: Groundwood.
Argueta, Jorge. 2012. Guacamole; Un poema para cocinar/ A Cooking Poem. Ill. by Margarita Sada. Toronto: Groundwood.
|Photo: Adam Levine|
Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Ed. 2000. Yummy! Eating Through a Day: Poems. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Philip, Neil. Ed. 2004. Hot Potato: Mealtime Rhymes. New York: Clarion.
Salas, Laura Purdie. 2008. Lettuce Introduce You: Poems About Food (A+ Books). Minneapolis, MN: Capstone.
Food is also the topic in these silly poems featuring monsters and talking French fries. Just for fun, share any of these morsels.
Rex, Adam. 2006. Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich. San Diego, CA: Harcourt.
Rex, Adam. 2008. Frankenstein Takes the Cake. New York: Harcourt Houghton Mifflin.
Weinstock, Robert. 2009. Food Hates You, Too. New York: Disney-Hyperion.
Food is one of the basics of day-to-day life and this has not escaped the attention of poets, particularly how food plays a part in childhood, family time, and special celebrations. Sharing a poem about potatoes or tomatoes or corn can offer a fun and mouth-watering connection between everyday eating and language learning.
For a list of 25 more collections of food poetry, as well as lists of bilingual poetry, poetry for ESL/ELL, poetry by authors of color, and 155 different poetry bibliographies and lists of research-based strategies featuring 1500 poetry books for children and teens (ages 0-18), look for my new book, The Poetry Teacher's Book of Lists.
Thank you to Sylvia Vardell, Ph. D., Professor, SLIS/Texas Women's University, and today's guest blogger. Sylvia blogs regularly at Poetry for Children.