articles about children’s poetry

Essential Children's Collection

Two respected children’s literature consultants recommend poetry for school and public library collections.


Baring-Gould, William and Ceil.The Annotated Mother Goose, Nursery Rhymes Old and New.New York: C.N. Potter, 1962.

Chapman, Cheryl.Snow on Snow on Snow.New York: Penguin, 1994.

Clifton, Lucille.Some of the Days of Everett Anderson.New York: Henry Holt, 1988.


Sylvia Vardell, Ph.D.
Texas Women's University
School of Library and Information Studies

Bernadette Nowakowski
Director, Children and Young Adult Services
Chicago Public Libraries

More from the Essential Children’s Collection

Cohn, Amy L., ed.From Sea to Shining Sea: A Treasury of American Folklore and Folk Songs.New York: Scholastic, 1993.

Dunbar, Paul Laurence.Jump Back Honey: The Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar.New York: Hyperion, 1999.

Fisher, Aileen.In One Door and out the Other: A Book of Poems.New York: HarperCollins, 1969.

Lewis, Patrick J.Hippopotamusn't and Other Animal Verses.New York: Penguin, 1990.

McCord, David.All Small.New York: Little Brown, 1986.

Merriam, Eve.It Doesn't Always Have to Rhyme.New York: Atheneum, 1964.

Moore, Lilian.See My Lovely Poison Ivy, and Other Poems About Witches, Ghosts, and Things.New York: Atheneum, 1975.

O'Neill, Mary.Hailstones and Halibut Bones: Adventures in Color.New York: Doubleday, 1973.

Philip, Neil.Singing America: Poems That Define a Nation.New York: Viking, 1995.

Stevenson, James.Sweet Corn.New York: HarperCollins, 1995.

Thayer, Ernest Lawrence.Casey at the Bat.New York: Atheneum, 1995.

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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