Bedtime and Seasonal Poems: Two Anthologies


It's the middle of April, so it's the middle of National Poetry Month.  I have two beautiful poetry anthologies for children to recommend today!  Both were published in 2010 and both are full of gorgeous poems and delightful illustrations.

Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems, collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters, illustrated by G. Brian Karas.  Candlewick Press, 2010.

Switching on the Moon is a beautiful collection of bedtime poems.  There are nursery rhymes and lullabies, cute poems about bathtime and being afraid of the dark, poems about the moon and about the dawn.  Poets include Yolen and Peters, but also Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Mary Ann Hoberman, Rebecca Kai Dottlich, Marilyn Singer, even Sylvia Plath.    The illustrations are wonderful.






It's a thick picture book - 91 pages of poems! - but it doesn't feel cumbersome, and it would make for many nights of quiet nighttime reading.

Sharing the Seasons: A Book of Poems, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins,
illustrated by David Diaz.
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2010.

For slightly older children, there's Sharing the Seasons, which is poetry about the four seasons, divided by season.  Diaz's illustrations are bright and always interesting.  Poets include Hopkins, Carl Sandberg, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Elizabeth Upton, and Marilyn Singer, among others.  It's another thick picture book, checking in at 73 pages of poetry.  It would make a wonderful introduction for a 7- or 8-year-old.








When Big Sis was little, she loved to listen to poetry.  She had several poems memorized, and her favorite video was HBO's Classical Baby: The Poetry Show.  I'm having fun rediscovering poetry with the girls.  Both of these books are truly well done, and both would make lovely gifts...


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    1. They are lovely. I actually have a big stack from the library, but my enthusiasm hasn't warranted any posts until now. That should tell you something. ;)

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  2. Oh these are SO pretty!! I've got a great one to share, I just have to photo it first! I feel like we used to read poems so much more than we do now. Have to get back on that train, it's such a nice place to be...:)

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    1. That's how we are. I read poetry to the girls, especially my oldest, so often when they were tiny. Part of the problem is that I'm not the type to read much poetry for my own enjoyment. My husband is the poetry lover in the family. There's something sweet about poetry books geared toward children, though.

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  3. These look lovely!! We read poetry a lot at bedtime and these would make delightful additions to our stack, thanks for the recommend:)

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    1. I loved both of these! I hope they don't disappoint! :o)

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  4. These look lovely. I am not much of a poetry person, but try to read them to my son. I will have to reserve these from the library.

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    1. My husband is the poetry fan, but I like reading it to kids. The bedtime book is fabulous, especially if poetry isn't really your thing. The selection is perfect!

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  5. Diaz's illustrations really pop in the second book. Both sound great for sharing with kids! (Visiting from The Children's Bookshelf.)

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    1. Hi, Susan! Thank you for stopping by! We enjoyed both very much. :)

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  6. These look gorgeous. I've been working on building our poetry collection and will have to look into these.

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    1. I just saw your recent list on your blog! You have some wonderful books listed. I don't think you can ever go wrong with Shel Silverstein.

      I like anthologies that have a certain theme. They feel less overwhelming. I began reading simple children's poetry books to my girls when my oldest was still tiny, and those books were always similar. Lots of nursery rhymes, lullabies, Christina Rosetti, and Robert Louis Stevenson (A Child's Garden of Verses.) Those were always very comfortable to me. My husband is the real poetry fan, and he loves to challenge the girls with more. He was reading a collection of Carl Sandburg's poetry the other night. My youngest came in and asked what he was reading, and he wound up reading aloud for quite a spell!

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  7. These are great! Both are new to me. I love the illustrations. Thanks for sharing at The Children's Bookshelf.

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    1. Thanks for having me. ;o) I'm picky about poetry books, so when I find some I like, I want to spread the word!

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