This lovely book is an anthology of poetry from various poets, and the theme is animals. From bees to birthday cows, there’s a poem for every animal and an Eric Carle illustration to match. Whether you read it all in order, or pull it off the shelf and find a poem that matches your theme, this book is a must-have. There’s a helpful index of first lines and another one of animals. What would be even better would be another index of poetry forms since there’s haiku, couplets, native poems, rhyming and non-rhyming (although the rhyming definitely outnumbers the non), Shakespeare, Kipling and Prelutzky.
For a lesson on writing poetry try this link for detailed plans from Regie Routman, educator extraordinaire.