Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night

Sidman, J., & Allen, R. (2010). Dark emperor & other poems of the night. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.


This is a great poetry book compiled of multiple animal and nature poems. On one page is the poem and on the next is a description of the animal or piece of nature they are writing about.

2nd and up

The poems and descriptions are a little long and use harder vocabulary so I would recommend it to older readers. It could be a good book to chose a few poems and read it to your younger students during a poetry unit. In the book is a glossary of the more challenging words.

I really liked this poetry book. The poems were short and sweet but still gave a lot of meaning. The descriptions on the right actually gave a ton of information. I had no idea what an Eft is so it was fun to read a poem and learn more about that type of salamander.

What is one thing you learned about an animal in the poems?