Thanks Carla of Carla Loves Books for this lovely illustration. Be sure to check out her blog for HER Saturday morning post.

In honor of National Poetry Month, today’s Saturday Mornings for Kids will feature renowned children’s poet, Shel Silverstein.

My introduction to Silverstein came as a sixth grade teacher, who after seeing a review of Light in the Attic in the Houston Chronicle, asked for a copy for her birthday so she might share it with her students.

My students loved the cartoonish illustrations and the sound-rhythms of the poems I read aloud.

Not long after, Silverstein published Where the Sidewalk Ends, and I treated myself to a copy. This was followed by a purchase of Falling Up.

Becoming enamored more and more by Silverstein’s poetry, I took the poetry collections to school, introduced them, and read several poems aloud, sharing the illustrations like a teacher of much younger students might, holding up the book and panning around so all could see them. Afterwards, I would place the books on a side counter, encouraging students who had finished their work to go over to the counter and look at/read them. We even started a “game” where students would take a fancy bookmark left in each book and move it to one of their favorite poems. I think the students were as interested in each other’s tastes in poetry as they were in the poems themselves. I began this introduction to poetry the second or third year I taught sixth graders, and continued it the remaining four years I taught sixth grade in an elementary setting.

Silverstein has something for everyone. The Giving Tree, one of his most emotional narrative poems, appeals to all ages, and touches the hearts of the hardest-hardened adults.

The perfect gift for almost any occasion.


In going through old files, something I can do sitting down, I came across these thoughts from a group of sixth graders responding to the prompt, “If I could travel in time…”

I would explore the land of the dinosaurs.

I’d go back to Camelot.  I’d ride a unicorn.

I’d go back to Medieval times and go on adventures.

I’d go back to the Civil War.

I’d like to meet “Blood and Guts” Patton

I would go far back and meet my great, great, great grandparents.

I’d go back and see my great grandmother who was full-blooded Indian.

I would see what my mom and dad were like in school.


I’d go into the future and see what my life would be.

I’d fly a spaceship.

I would look at all the strange suits and costumes.

I’d see what my kids would look like.

I would go back and invent stuff that would happen in the future.

I’d go into the future and SALUTE the past!


I would change the world so that there would be eternal life forever.

I would have Jesus shake my hand.

I would reach back and shake hands with God.


Language Arts Blocks; Disney Elementary; Alvin, Texas, 19884