I found a book that I don't remember ever having read before, and we've had it since 2000--Two Skeletons on the Telephone and Other Poems from Tough City by Paul Duggan and illustrated by Daniel Sylvestre [J 811 DUG]. It's kind of too bad I've come to this book so late because the combination of poems and pictures are just plain fun!
Here's one to whet your appetite:
The Reason Skeletons Don't Wear Clothes
The reason skeletons don't wear clothes?
Socks won't stay on bony toes,
And underwear just sags and slumps
When hanging from their bony rumps.
Shirts slide off their bony backs,
And pants drop like potato sacks;
And since they can't wear fancy stuff,
Skeletons walk 'round in the buff.
Can't you see a classroom of kids doing a choral reading?
There are plenty of other, even shorter poems that would provide opportunity for each kid in the classroom to select one to be read aloud.
More Halloween poems will probably pop up at the Poetry Friday Round-Up hosted this week by Linda at Teacher Dance. Have a happy Halloween (and by the way, I love dark chocolate...).