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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