Read More Poetry! 7 Books for Rhythm, Rhyme, and Bedtime!
Poetry is so much fun to read with children. Whether you love Mother Goose or Dr. Seuss or Robert Louis Stevenson, rhymes and rhythms capture children’s attention and imagination. All of this fun, rhythm, and rhyming also helps children develop their reading and language skills. To celebrate National Poetry Month, we’re sharing some of our favorite poetry titles. What titles do you love?
By Dennis Lee; illustrated by Frank Newfeld
Alligator pie, alligator pie
If I don’t get some, I think I’m gonna die.
The fun is in the funny! Published in 1974 by Dennis Lee and beloved in Canada, you and your kids will love giggling over the silly rhymes.
Eating warm cookies
on a cold day
is easyCharming, disarming, and starring a panda bear named Koo, Caldecott Honoree Jon J. Muth’s short poems describe the four seasons. He was inspired by haiku, a traditional form of Japanese poetry that describes the natural world in 17 syllables. From Hi, KOO! A Year of Seasons by Jon J Muth. Scholastic Inc./Scholastic Press. Copyright © 2014 by Jon J Muth. Used by permission.
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 fireShel Silverstein’s classic will remain a fond childhood memory long after this book has been passed along to younger siblings. His writing celebrates imagination and childhood, with a sly sense of humor and independence.
The sun's a gold medallion.
The moon's a silver ball.
The little stars are only tin;
I love them best of all.
El sol es de oro
la luna es de plata
y las estrellitas
son de hoja de lata.Poetry is a beautiful way to introduce children to other languages and cultures. ¡Pío Peep! gathers 29 traditional rhymes and nursery songs from Spain and Latin America and shares them in both Spanish and English. The writers have captured the rhymes in both languages. Spanish compilation copyright © 2003 by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy. English adaptations coyright © 2003 by Alice Schertle. Illustrated by Richard Scarry
By Robert Louis Stevenson; illustrated by Tasha Tudor
How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!A timeless classic that celebrates the pleasures of childhood, from swinging to singing. Robert Louis Stevenson is also the author the Treasure Island and many other stories and poems for children. A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Tasha Tudor, revised format (c) 1999, Simon & Schuster, Inc.