Essay on Children's Poetry

Essential Children's Collection: Classic Poetry

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


Ahlberg, Allan and Janet. Each Peach Pear Plum. New York: Penguin, 1979.

Brooks, Gwendolyn. Bronzeville Boys and Girls. New York: HarperCollins, 1967.

Carroll, Lewis. Jabberwocky. Illus. by Stephane Jorisch. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press, 2004.

Ciardi, John. You Read to Me, I'll Read to You. New York: HarperCollins, 1961.

De la Mare, Walter. Peacock Pie: The Collected Works of Walter de la Mare. Whitefish, MT: Kessinger, 1989.

DiTerlizzi, Tony. The Spider and the Fly. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002.

Field, Eugene. The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat. New York: Penguin, 1990.

Field, Eugene. Wynken, Blynken, and Nod. New York: Scholastic, 2004.

Frost, Robert. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Illus. by Susan Jeffers. New York: Dutton, 2001.

Greenfield, Eloise. Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems. New York: HarperCollins, 1978.

Hughes, Langston. The Dream Keeper and Other Poems. New York: Random House, 1996.

Lear, Edward. The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear. New York: Dover, 1951.

Lear, Edward. The Owl and the Pussycat. Illus. by Jan Brett.New York: Putnam, 1991.

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. New York: Handprint, 2001.

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. Paul Revere's Ride. Illus. by Ted Rand.New York: Dutton, 1990.

Milne, A.A. Now We Are Six. New York: Penguin, 1961.

Milne, A.A. When We Were Very Young. New York: Dutton, 1988.

Moore, Clement Clarke. The Night Before Christmas. New York: HarperCollins, 1999.

Nash, Ogden. The Adventures of Isabel. New York: Little Brown, 1994.

Nash, Ogden. The Tale of Custard the Dragon. New York: Little Brown, 1995.

Opie, Iona and Peter. I Saw Esau: The Schoolchild's Pocket Book. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick, 1992.

Sandburg, Carl. Sandburg Treasury: Prose and Poetry for Young People. New York: Harcourt, 2000.

Silverstein, Shel. A Light in the Attic. New York: HarperCollins, 1981.

Silverstein, Shel. Where the Sidewalk Ends. New York: HarperCollins, 1974.

Stevenson, Robert Louis. Block City. Illus. by Daniel Kirk. Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Stevenson, Robert Louis. A Child's Garden of Verses, Volume 2: A Collection of Scriptures, Prayers, and Poems. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999.

Taback, Simms. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. New York: Viking, 1997.

Thayer, Ernest Lawrence. Casey at the Bat. Illus. by Christopher Bing. New York: Handprint Books, 2000.

Udry, Janice May. A Tree Is Nice. New York: HarperCollins, 1957.

Updike, John. Child's Calendar. New York: Holiday House, 1999.


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

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Originally Published: January 1st, 2006
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