Thursday, December 23, 2010

my favorite poetry collections for children


"Children's poetry is poetry written for or appropriate for children. The category includes folk poetry (for example, Mother Goose rhymes); poetry written intentionally for young people (e.g. Shel Silverstein); poetry written originally for adults, but appropriate for young people (Ogden Nash); and poems taken from prose works (Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling).''
      My youngest child was and still is very fond of poetry. I read poetry to her for countless hours all throughout her childhood. I've listed below just a few of her favorite books of poems from our personal library. All of these collections are classics and would be perfect additions to any child's book shelf.
  • "Under The Sun And The Moon" and other poems by Margaret Wise Brown is illustrated by a exceptional illustrator, Tom Leonard - "a collection of previously unpublished poems, including "Apple Trees," "From a Hornet's Nest," and "I Dreamed of a Horse." publisher
  • "Sleep, Baby, Sleep, Lullabies And Night Poems" selected classic poems for illustration by Michael Hague
  • "A Child's Garden of Verses" by Robert Louis Stevenson, Illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen
  • "Falling Up" by Shel Silverstein
  • "Marigold Garden" by Kate Greenway
  • "Walking the Bridge of Your Nose" poems selected by Michael Rosen, Illustrated by Chloe Cheese - "A collection of limericks and other humerous poems, arranged in such categories as "Mouth Manglers," "Silly Patter," and "Tombstone Tomfoolery." publisher
  • "The Real Mother Goose" fist published in 1916, ours is illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright
Here are a few selections that are based on one poem only:
  • "Squeeze A Sneeze'' by Bill Morrison
  • "Teddy Bear Teddy Bear" illustrated by Michael Hague
  • "I Can't Said The Ant" by Polly Cameron