Another great book I recommend is "How to eat a Poem: A Smorgasbord of Tasty and Delicious Poems for Young Readers. Here are some poems from the book:
The First Book by Rita Dove:
Go ahead, it won't bite.
Well....maybe a little. More a nip, like. A tingle.
It's pleasurable, really.
You see, it keeps on opening.
You may fall in.
Sure, it's hard to get started;
remember learning to use knife and fork? Dig in:
You'll never reach bottom.
It's not like it's the end of the world-
just the world as you think you know it.
Introduction to Poetry by Billy Collins
I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a colour slide
or press an ear against its hive.
I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,
or walk inside the poem's room
and feel the walls for a light switch.
I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author's name on the shore.
But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.
They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.
How to Eat a Poem by Eve Merriam
Don't be polite.
Pick it up with your fingers and lick the juice that
may run down your chin.
It is ready and ripe now, whenever you are.
You do not need a knife or fork or spoon
or plate or napkin or tablecloth.
For there is no core
to throw away.
Have a joyous weekend. Read some poetry to your kids. Laugh and rhyme together. Let the language flow. Read on in poetry. Blessings.