Genre Spotlight: Children’s Poetry
Good poetry fosters children’s love for language and helps them build literacy. Good poetry touches emotions. It is, therefore, a healthy way for children to express their emotions and deal with emotionally challenging situations. Good poetry sets off children’s imagination, enriches their world, and makes a space in which they can dream. Good poetry allows children to look at the world in a new way. Children obtain a wealth of developmental benefits from good poetry.
Our library boasts an amazing collection of children’s poetry, which are under the call numbers J808.81, J811, and J821. It covers all the main categories in poetry and features the works of classic and contemporary poets. Here is a list of my favorite children’s poetry books.
Hidden City: Poems of Urban Wildlife by Sarah Tuttle
Guess Who, Haiku by Deanna Caswell
I'm Just No Good at Rhyming by Chris Harris
A Place to Start a Family by David Harrison
Bookjoy, Wordjoy by Pat Mora
Come with Me: Poems for a Journey by Naomi Shihab Nye
My Dog May Be a Genius: Poems by Jack Prelutsky
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes edited by Arnold Rampersad
One Minute till Bedtime selected by Kenn Nesbitt
Poetry Speaks to Children edited by Elise Paschen
A Family of Poems by Caroline Kennedy
Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes collected by Elizabeth Hammill