I already own Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses and a book called Poems to read to the Very Young by Eloise Wilkin. (It has alot of Stevenson's poems in it as well.) Is there any others that are good for younger kids to add to our collection? Or even mid-aged ones for my daughter. I don't think I have any poetry for older kids at all. I wanted to start off a little simplier since we're new to CM and poetry in general. I don't want to overload them too fast.
Poetry for young kids(7 posts) (6 voices)
Favorite poems, old and new. Selected by Helen Ferris. This is a collection of so many great poems about so many different subjects. Full of great poems for yong and older kids (and adults ). This one also has Stevenson's poems, but so many more. It even includes poetry from the bible.
P.S. Just wanted to mention I love poetry so don't freak out about their being anything inapropriate in the book.
My young children (ages 3-8) have enjoyed the following:
Now We Are Six and When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne
Bells and Grass by Walter de la Mare
The Best Loved Poems of James Whitcomb Riley (Once they got used to the "funny" style of speech, these poems were their favorites!)
Winter Poems selected by Barbara Rogasky, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
I also second Favorite Poems, Old and New.
Additionally, if you can get your hands on a old copy (published anytime between 1949-1961) of the Childcraft series of books, either Volumes 1 or 2, you will have an awesome collection of poetry for young children with beautiful illustrations by top illustrators. These volumes are favorites in our home that I return to again and again.
Hope this helps!
I was looking for the Milne poetry books today at the library and I guess they didn't have them. I only remembered the name of one though. Now I have both. I'll check our homeschool bookstore tomorrow (I'm working there now part time and I think I've seen them before.) I did find several of the "Poetry for Young People" series with several poets. I picked the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow one for now. I also forgot I have the Robert Frost on one my bookshelf.
In addition to the really great ones already mentioned, I'd add Favorite Poems for Children (cd included) from Dover Publications and The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (poems selected by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Arnold Lobel, includes poems by Stevenson, Brooks, Frost, Dickinson, etc).
When you want to do poetry but just don't have the right book:
The whole site is valuable but there is also a section under resources called children's poetry. I use this site for biography info and if a book I am waiting on at the library has not come in yet or I do not have a collection for a particular poet.
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