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Animal Poetry Game

Boys playing game

Are you ready? It’s time….to play….Name that Animal! (Game show voice)

  • Hold your poetry book up high and share the cover – title, author and illustrator with your audience.
  • Ask for two volunteers.
  • Use two volunteers with a buzzer between them.
  • Again, explain how the game works.
  • I’m going to read the poem, you’re going to guess the animal, after I read the poem, hit the buzzer if you know the animal…Are you ready?  (Game show voice…)
  • Read the poem (In your poetry voice…)
  • Name that Animal! (Game show voice…)
  • Who will tap the buzzer first?
  • Let them guess what animal it is.
  • If your two volunteers are stuck – ask your audience for help and have them yell out the animal.
Animal Poetry Game photo by Paige Bentley-Flannery

3 favorite Animal Poetry Books: 
National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs that Squeak, Soar and Roar! Edited by J. Patrick Lewis.

Mountain Gorilla by Janet S. Wong
A Flamingo Is by J. Patrick Lewis
Porcupine by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Squirrel Forgets by Lilian Moore
The White Egret by Paul Janeczko
Penguins by Charles Ghigna

Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures by Kwame Alexander.


In the Wild by David Elliot

Polar Bear

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Paige Bentley-Flannery is a Community Librarian at Deschutes Public Library. For over fifteen years–from the Seattle Art Museum to the New York Public Library to the Deschutes Public Library-Paige’s passion and creative style for art, poetry and literature have been combined with instructing, planning, and providing information. Paige is a former member and Chair of the ALSC Notable Children’s Books Committee, 2015 – 2017, Chair of the ALSC Digital Content Task Force and member of the ALSC Great Websites Committee.


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