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Poetry Friday: 10 Favorite Poetry Books for Children

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.


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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.

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.

My favorite book is A Jar of Tiny Stars. It's a collection chosen by children. My son never tires of it.

Amy, I don't know that one. I'll have to track it down. Thanks for the recommendation.

Thank you for this list. I am always looking for good poetry!!

Katie, you're welcome. My 9-year-old son's favorites are Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky. Junior is big on silliness.

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.

Thanks for the recommendation!

And Kenneth Koch's Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?

Shelley, I have seen that book by Kenneth Koch but not read it. Thanks for the tip.

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