Poetry for Children
Every Tiny Grain of Sand: A Child’s Book of Prayers and Praise
collected by Reeve Lindbergh
In this beautifully
illustrated picture book are collected poetic writings from many faiths.
There are blessings and poems, psalms and proverbs from the Muslim,
Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Native American and Christian faiths.
The writings are divided into four categories: For the Day, For the Home,
For the Earth and For the Night. Four
different illustrators bring the joy and wonder of childhood to life in the
pictures that accompany the writings.
Great Frog Race and Other Poems by
Kristine O’Connell George
From spring to winter, the
poet and illustrator celebrate the simple joys of country life in this
collection of poems. Children find
polliwags in puddles, have tea with the spring wind and officiate evening frog
races. The poems are simple and
short, with easily understood words and images.
It’s a perfect book for reluctant readers of poetry.
A Year in Poems and Quilts
by Anna Grossnickle Hines
The author’s poems and
quilts work together to portray and celebrate the seasons of the year.
“Mirage” talks about the beauty of spring flowers, and the poem is
displayed in the middle of a quilt covered with pink and purple flowers.
“Pageantry” describes trees in autumn, “wearing scarlet gowns and
golden crowns” and is surrounded by a quilt of red, orange and yellow fabric.
In the back of the book, the author descibes the inspiration behind the
book and how she turned it into reality.
The People by Bobbi Katz
The history of America is
here recounted in verse and in individual voices, some real and some based on
real people. In chronological
order, the poet takes readers from a young man arriving in America in 1607 to a
young boy arriving in a new year on December 31, 1999.
Some of the voices are well known, as in “The First Airplane” by
Orville and Wilbur Wright. Others
are unknown, could-have-been voices, like “A Letter to China” by Kun-Yang
Lin. In this poem, Katz speaks with
the voice of an immigrant working on the transcontinental railroad in 1867.
At the bottom of each page are timeline markers informing readers what
important historic events occurred around the time of the poetic protagonists’
Like Sunlight: Praisesongs for Black Americans
by J. Patrick Lewis
In this collection, the poet
celebrates the lives of thirteen black Americans whose stories have come down
through history to inspire and encourage others.
The courage and achievement of Jesse Owens, who set a world record at the
Olympics in Hitler’s Germany, is detailed in the poem, “I Decided…To Stay
Up in the Air Forever.” The
talent and virtuosity of blues singer Billie Holiday is celebrated in “Lady
Day,” where the poet describes Holiday’s abilities with the stanza, “Lady
could pour you a song / Coffee and a little cream / Stir it the whole night long
/ Into a brown-sugar dream.” Color
portraits or scenes from the lives of the people celebrated accompany each poem.
with Me: Poems for a Journey by Naomi
The sixteen poems in this
collection speak of different sorts of journeys, from those out into the world
and those inside our own imaginations. In
the big city adventure of “Where are We Going?” the poet discovers,
“Everything we thought we knew / is different here, and just as true.”
In the quietness of “Secrets” the poet makes the observation
“Because a secret is a ticket and without it the trip would be too lonely.”
The fanciful poems are accompanied by equally fanciful full-page
illustrations that are paintings and collages, colorful mixtures of cardboard,
plywood and maps.
The Pig in the Spigot
by Richard Wilbur
In this book of poetry, the
author enjoys playing with the words one can find in larger words – like
“pig” in “sPIGot.” Sometimes
the word in another word makes sense, as in, “Because he swings so neatly
through the trees / An ape feels natural in the word trapeze.” Others
don’t seem to go together very well at all.
The author complains, “I don’t see why a belfry should contain / an
elf. The notion strikes me as
illustrations bring to life the crazy world of the author’s wordplay.
Color Me a Rhyme: Nature Poems for Young
People by Jane Yolen
This gorgeous book of nature
photography and poetry brings to
life a rainbow of colors found in the outdoors. From the new green of a fern to the weathered gray of a dead
tree, from the dry brown of desert sand to the juicy orange of a sunset, Nature
and her wonders are celebrated in word and picture. The poet encourages her readers to create poems inspired by
these photographs as well and offers color synonyms and colorful quotes from
Poems selected by John Micklos, Jr.
This collection contains
poetry for, by and about dads and their kids.
Some poems are unabashedly sentimental while others are unabashedly
silly. There are all sorts of families represented in this
collection, like families with a stepdad (“My Jose”) and families with
absent dads (“My Father”). The
families may be different, but the love between the fathers and their children
is the same.
Words with Wings:
A Treasury of African-American Poetry and Art selected by Belinda Rochelle
The rich and varied tradition
of African-American artists and poets is here collected and combined.
There are poems by celebrated authors such as Paul Lawrence Dunbar,
Gwendolyn Brooks, Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes. Accompanying each poem is a full-color print of paintings or
sculptures by artists such as William H. Johnson, Romare Bearden, Augusta Savage
and Henry Ossawa Tanner. Together,
the poetry and the art bring emotions and experiences of African-Americans and
all people to life. Short
biographical information on the artists and authors are included at the back of
My First Oxford Book of Poems
compiled by John Foster
This compilation of poetry
for children includes classics of literature by A.A. Milne, Edward Lear and
Emily Dickinson as well as works by newer poets such as Ted Hughes and Karla
Kuskin. Subject categories divide the poems into chapters such as
“Creatures,” “Fantastical and Nonsensical” and “Weather and
Seasons.” Colorful illustrations
by several artists accompany this comprehensive collection of poetry to be
enjoyed by children of all ages.
Poetry for Kids
Funny, original poems by Ken Nesbitt. Some poems are illustrated.
Do you like to laugh? Then check out these funny poems - You can read
school poems, try out poetry theater, or enter your poems in a contest.
"Creative writing magazine and Web site for and by kids. Read
samples of stories and poetry, play games, and submit your own
Online Writer's Window
Writers, from age five to seventeen, are encouraged "to share their
work and help each other improve their writing. Published works are
categorized by age range and genre, and reader feedback is solicited
about each piece. Categories include short stories, poetry, research
papers, book reviews, television reviews and movie reviews. There are
also five continuous stories that you can add to."
Lear's Nonsense Works
Do you think poetry written long ago is boring? Then check out these
poems with pictures - They'll crack you up!
Links for Kids from the Internet Public Library