Poetry Friday: 10 Favorite Poetry Books for Children
February 13, 2009
February 13th brings another Poetry Friday, in which a number of the children's literature blogs wax poetic. Here are some of my favorite poetry books for children, with a link to the posts where I wrote about them. Some are rhyming picture books; the others are collections of poems. I recommend them all!
Knock on Wood, by Janet S. Wong
Secret Places, edited by Charlotte Huck
The Llama Who Had No Pajama, by Mary Ann Hoberman
Oh, Theodore! Guinea Pig Poems, by Susan Katz
Quilt Alphabet, by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Joyful Noise, by Paul Fleischman
The Place My Words Are Looking For, selected by Paul B. Janeczko
The Book of Pigericks, by Arnold Lobel
Never Tease a Weasel, by Jean Conder Soule
The Snowflake Sisters, by J. Patrick Lewis
The Poetry Friday roundup of other blog posts will take place at Big A, little a.
Yay! Joyful Noise, of course. I still really enjoy Judith Viorst as well -- sometimes her writing doesn't really seem like it's for kids, but her shorter pieces really zing.
Posted by: TadMack | February 13, 2009 at 10:56 AM
TadMack, when I look back over these posts and remember how much I like the books, it's a nice reminder to read more so I can add to the collection. Joyful Noise is really wonderful.
Posted by: Susan_Thomsen | February 13, 2009 at 04:30 PM
My favorite book is A Jar of Tiny Stars. It's a collection chosen by children. My son never tires of it.
Posted by: Amy | February 14, 2009 at 03:44 PM
Amy, I don't know that one. I'll have to track it down. Thanks for the recommendation.
Posted by: Susan_Thomsen | February 14, 2009 at 03:51 PM
Thank you for this list. I am always looking for good poetry!!
Posted by: katied | February 16, 2009 at 08:44 PM
Katie, you're welcome. My 9-year-old son's favorites are Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky. Junior is big on silliness.
Posted by: Susan (Chicken Spaghetti) | February 20, 2009 at 02:47 PM
I invite you to read, The Angry Thunderstorm, a new release. It is a wonderful story of a frightened child and a thunderstorm. The story takes the reader on a journey of understanding as the storm explains the reasons for his gruff behavior. In the end, children are assured that the storm is not a foe - but rather a friend. Beautifully illustrated and written in rhythm and rhyme.
Posted by: C. Keesee | April 22, 2009 at 06:06 PM
Thanks for the recommendation!
Posted by: Susan (Chicken Spaghetti) | April 23, 2009 at 02:05 PM
And Kenneth Koch's Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?
Posted by: Shelley | April 23, 2010 at 06:56 PM
Shelley, I have seen that book by Kenneth Koch but not read it. Thanks for the tip.
Posted by: Susan T. | April 29, 2010 at 10:16 AM