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Ten Beautiful Poetry Books for Children

Updated on August 22, 2014

A Treasured Gift & Heirloom

The poetry books chosen here:

1) Are Hardcover for Durability

2) Are Filled with Good Poems

3) Have Colorful Illustrations (one exception)

Poetry books are gifts that continue to give, year after year, and children naturally love the sounds and rhythms found in poems.

"Every word was first a poem"

~ R.W. Emerson ~

A Child's Book of Poems

A Child's Book of Poems
A Child's Book of Poems

The writers in this charming anthology of 200 poems are among literature’s most beloved. And Gyo Fujikawa’s appealing illustrations depict children of all races sweetly interacting, as well as an engagingly rendered menagerie of animals and the natural world in all its wonderment.

Among the verses that children will love are Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Christmas Bells,” Lewis Carroll’s “The Melancholy Pig,” and Eugene Fields’ “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” along with proverbs, limericks, nursery rhymes, and folk songs. (amazon)

 

Where the Sidewalk Ends - 30th Anniversay Edition

Where the Sidewalk Ends Special Edition with 12 Extra Poems: Poems and Drawings
Where the Sidewalk Ends Special Edition with 12 Extra Poems: Poems and Drawings

."I love this book!! My sister loves it too. It's because it IS a masterpiece and will forever remain one. Silverstein's rhymes and poems, songs and riddles -- they all work for everybody with half a degree of imagination." (amazon reviewer)

If you are a dreamer, come in.

If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,

A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer . . .

If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire,

For we have some flax golden tales to spin.

Come in!

Come in!

 

A Child's Garden of Verses

A Child's Garden of Verses
A Child's Garden of Verses

Brian Wildsmith's stunning art is the backdrop to this newly revised selection of Robert Louis Stevenson's wonderful poetry for children. First published in 1885 and continuously in print since then, Stevenson's poetry captures the joy and whimsy of childhood and is deservedly a classic. This book is a garden of delightful, imaginative poetry, complete with fairies, animals, and plenty of fun. (amazon)

Close by the jolly fire I sit

To warm my frozen bones a bit;

Or with reindeer sled, explore

The colder countries round the door.

 

Poetry is a packsack of invisible keepsakes.

~ Carl Sandburg ~

Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young

Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young
Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young

Poems about picnics, pretending, and puppies make this book the book to introduce little ones to poetry about the world around them. Jack Prelutsky, one of today's most respected children's poets, has selected more than 200 short poems--old favorites, traditional rhymes, and humorous verses--that will delight young listeners. The poems cover a wide range of experiences in a young child's life, from everyday events to special days to the world of the imagination. (amazon)

The dark is dreaming.

Day is done.

Good night, good night

To everyone.

 

Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou

Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou
Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou

Award-winning poet, author, playwright, historian, songwriter, singer, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, and civil rights activist: Dr. Maya Angelou needs no introduction. She is a true American icon—and now she is the first living poet included in Sterling’s celebrated Poetry for Young People series. Twenty-five of her finest poems capture a range of emotions and experiences, from the playful “Harlem Hopscotch” to the prideful “Me and My Work” to the soul-stirring “Still I Rise.” Award-winning artist Jerome Lagarrigue masterfully illustrates each verse with evocative, stunning pictures. (amazon)

 

A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children

A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children
A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children

Divided by topic into seven sections, the collection is, indeed, a treasury of beloved poems written in a variety of styles by poets from many lands and generations, some more familiar than others, some unknown. Most of the soft-focus illustrations fill whole pages. The wide variety of artistic styles–ethereal, realistic, comical, energetic, sweet, romantic–matches the mood of the poems themselves. Recommend it as a gift book for parents to share with their children, as well. (School Library Journal)

As long as I live

I shall always be

My Self - and no other,

Just me.

 

The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry

The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry
The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry

The almost 200 selections in this big handsome anthology, created by Martin Jr. and published posthumously with Sampson’s help, have a singing beat that will turn even young kids on to what Steven Kellogg calls the “music of language.” The collection brings together poems from Robert Frost, Christina Rossetti, Langston Hughes, Nikki Grimes, Aliki, Jack Prelutsky, and many other well-known poets. Accompanying the poems are pictures from many of the best picture-book illustrators, whose work, often in the artists’ signature styles, extends the words' lyrical rhythms and playfulness.

 

Here's A Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry

Pre-school to kindergarden

Here's A Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry
Here's A Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry

This oversize book really is for preschoolers. The poems, one per page, are arranged in four categories that encompass child's a world: "Me, Myself, and I," "Who Lives in My House?," "I Go Outside," and "Time for Bed." The poetry is witty, intelligent, and well crafted, and perfect for the target audience. The art was created using a wide range of mediums and techniques, and Dunbar blends them seamlessly to create charming images that are amazingly expressive. (School Library Journal)

 

Like butterflies in Spring

Poetry awakens the Spirit,

stirs the imagination and explores

the possibilities with each stroke

of its rhythmic wings.

~ Jamie Lynn Morris ~

The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury

The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury
The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury

For this companion to The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury, Prelutsky combed more than 4000 poetry volumes to select 211 poems by 137 poets. His sampling includes established poets like Langston Hughes, Shel Silverstein and e.e. cummings, but, to Prelutsky's credit, not necessarily their best-known works. The overriding mood is rollickingly upbeat, uncharacteristic for a form renowned for its adeptness at expressing moments of grief or loneliness. Hats off to So (illustrator), who visually holds the anthology together. Her people are engagingly limber, her animals unmatched. (Publisher's Weekly)

Loose and limber

Beanbag Jim

Seems to have

No bones in him.

 

Poetry for Young People: Rudyard Kipling

Poetry for Young People: Rudyard Kipling
Poetry for Young People: Rudyard Kipling

With dedication to the structure, rhythm, and rhyme of his craft, Kipling created poetry that, when read aloud, sings to its audience in every phrase. Sharpe's exquisite paintings illustrate the exotic quality of the verse, whether of animals in the jungle or ships at sea. Vibrant colors reflect the strong emotions of each poem-Viking women widowed by the sea, seal mothers singing lullabies to their young. The faces of children show humor, trust, curiosity, and moodiness. Familiar lines from "If" and "The Ballad of East and West" demonstrate the poet's universal appeal.

 

Was poetry read to you when you where a child? - or comments

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      KokoTravel 7 years ago

      I had Robert Louis Stevenson's "A Child's Garden of Verses" when I was a child. I LOVED it and will be getting it for my grandchildren!

      Thanks so much!

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      The book choices are really good. Great job on coming up with this.

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