• Nichole LaGrow

Our Bookshelves: A Light in the Attic

A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein

Publisher: Harper

Grade Level: 3 - 8

Short Synopsis

As April is National Poetry Month it seems appropriate to highlight a collection of poems in this month's book review. A Light in the Attic is a collection of poems and drawings by Shel Silverstein. The poems are short and playful. But do not be deceived by their brevity. Their messages can have a depth that encourages young readers to think about the power of words.


A Light in the Attic addresses a wide variety of topics. Younger readers may benefit from reading with a parent who can select poems that might be cover more age-appropriate topics. Each poem is accompanied by an illustration that can help decode more difficult or nonsensical words.


Shel Silverstein provides excellent resources to encourage young writers. One resource is a guided writing and illustration activity for "Eight Balloons", one of the poems included in A Light in the Attic. Another resource is a Poet Tree activity to create your own collection of poems.

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