articles about children’s poetry
Essential Children's Collection
Two respected children’s literature consultants recommend poetry for school and public library collections.
Adoff, Arnold. I Am the Darker Brother: An Anthology of Modern Poems by African-Americans. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1997.
Adoff, Arnold, ed. My Black Me: A Beginning Book of Black Poetry. New York: Dutton, 1974/1994.
Brenner, Barbara. The Earth Is Painted Green: A Garden of Poems about Our Planet. New York: Scholastic, 1994.
Sylvia Vardell, Ph.D.
Texas Women's University
School of Library and Information Studies
Director, Children and Young Adult Services
Chicago Public Libraries
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Brenner, Barbara. Voices: Poetry and Art from Around the World. New York: National Geographic Society, 2000.
Carlson, Lori Marie. Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States. New York: Henry Holt, 1994.
Carlson, Lori Marie. Sol a Sol: Original and Selected Bilingual Poems. New York: Henry Holt, 1998.
Clinton, Catherine. I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African-American Poetry. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
Cullinan, Bernice F., ed. A Jar of Tiny Stars: Poems by NCTE Award-winning Poets. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills, 1996.
De Regniers, Beatrice Schenk et al., ed. Sing a Song of Popcorn: Every Child's Book of Poems. New York: Scholastic, 1988.
Feelings, Tom. Soul Looks Back in Wonder. New York: Penguin, 1993.
Ferguson, Margaret, Mary Jo Salter, and Jon Stallworthy, ed. The Norton Anthology of Poetry, Fifth Edition. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2004.
Greenaway, Kate. A Apple Pie and Traditional Nursery Rhymes. New York: Random House, 2002.
Greenberg, Jan. Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art. New York: Abrams, 2001.
Hall, Donald, ed. The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children's Poems. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
Heard, Georgia. This Place I Know: Poems of Comfort. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick, 2002.
Ho, Minfong. Maples in the Mist: Poems for Children from the Tang Dynasty. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1996.
Hoberman, Mary Ann. Llama Who Had No Pajama: 100 Favorite Poems. New York: Harcourt, 2006.
Hoberman, Mary Ann. You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together. New York: Little Brown, 2005.
Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Days to Celebrate: A Full Year of Poetry, People, Holidays, History, Fascinating Facts, and More. New York: HarperCollins, 2005.
Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Good Books, Good Times. New York: HarperTrophy, 2000.
Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Marvelous Math: A Book of Poems. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.
Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Pass the Poetry, Please! New York: HarperCollins, 1987.
Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Spectacular Science: A Book of Poems. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999.
Hopkins, Lee Bennett, ed. Hand in Hand: An American History through Poetry. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.
Hopkins, Lee Bennett, ed. School Supplies: A Book of Poems. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.
Hudson, Wade, ed. Pass It On: African American Poetry for Children. New York: Scholastic, 1993.
Janeczko, Paul, ed. A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms. Cambridge: Candlewick, 2005.
Janeczko, Paul, ed. Seeing the Blue Between: Advice and Inspiration for Young Poets. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2002.
Kennedy, Caroline, ed. A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children. New York: Hyperion Books, 2005.
Kennedy, Caroline, ed. and Jon J. Muth (illustrator). A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children. New York: Hyperion, 2005.
Kennedy, Dorothy M., ed. I Thought I'd Take My Rat to School: Poems for September to June. New York: Little Brown & Company, 1993.
Kennedy, X.J. and Dorothy M., ed. Knock at a Star: A Child's Introduction to Poetry. Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1982.
Koch, Kenneth and Kate Farrell, ed. Talking to the Sun: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems for Young People. New York: Henry Holt, 1985.
Lansky, Bruce, ed. A Bad Case of the Giggles: Kids' Favorite Funny Poems. Deephaven, MN: Meadowbrook Press, 1994.
Mora, Pat, ed. Love to Mama: A Tribute to Mothers. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2001.
Nye, Naomi Shihab. This Same Sky: A Collection of Poems from Around the World. New York: Four Winds Press, 1992.
Opie, Iona. Here Comes Mother Goose. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick, 1999.
Panzer, Nora, ed. Celebrate America in Poetry and Art. New York: Hyperion, 1994.
Paschen, Elise and Rebekah Presson Mosby, ed. Poetry Speaks: Hear Great Poets Read Their Work from Tennyson to Plath. Naperville: Sourcebooks Mediafusion, 2001.
Prelutsky, Jack. The Beauty of the Beast: Poems from the Animal Kingdom. New York: Knopf, 1997.
Prelutsky, Jack. For Laughing Out Loud: Poems to Tickle Your Funnybone. New York: Doubleday, 1991.
Prelutsky, Jack, ed. Random House Book of Poetry for Children. New York: Random House, 1983.
Prelutsky, Jack, ed. The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury. New York: Knopf, 1999.
Rich, Mary Perrotta, ed. Book Poems: Poems from National Children's Book Week, 1959-1998. New York: Children's Book Council, 1998.
Rosen, Michael. Poems for the Very Young. Boston: Kingfisher, 1994.
Schwartz, Alvin. And the Green Grass Grew All Around: Folk Poetry from Everyone. New York: HarperCollins, 1992.
Strickland, Dorothy S. and Michael. Families: Poems Celebrating the African-American Experience. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills, 1994.
Sullivan, Charles. Here Is My Kingdom: Hispanic-American Literature and Art for Young People. New York: Abrams, 1994.
Volavkova, Hana. I Never Saw Another Butterfly. New York: Schocken Books, 1993.
Whipple, Laura, ed. Eric Carle's Animals Animals. Illus. by Eric Carle. New York: Scholastic, 1989.
Yolen, Jane. Sky Scrape, City Scape: Poems of City Life. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills, 1996.