Essay on Children's Poetry

Essential Children's Collection: Poetry Books with Audio

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


Clinton, Catherine. I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry. Audio Bookshelf, 2000.

Fleischman, Paul. Joyful Noise / I Am Phoenix. Audio Bookshelf, 2001.

Milne, A.A. When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six: Library Edition. Blackstone Audiobooks, 2005.

Paschen, Elise. Poetry Speaks to Children. Sourcebooks, 2005.

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 Jack Prelutsky Holiday CD Audio Collection. HarperChildrensAudio, 2005.

Prelutsky, Jack. Jack Prelutsky's BIG Collection: Something Big Has Been Here and New Kid on the Block. Listening Library, 2000.

Prelutsky, Jack. Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young. Knopf, 1986.

Prelutsky, Jack. Ride a Purple Pelican. Listening Library, 1988.

Silverstein, Shel. A Light in the Attic (20th Anniversary Edition Book and CD). HarperCollins, 2001.

Silverstein, Shel. Where the Sidewalk Ends. HarperAudio, 1984.

Steptoe, Javaka. In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall. Live Oak Media, 2003.

Thomas, Marlo. Free to Be You and Me. Arista Records, 1983.

Thomas, Marlo. Free to Be You and Me: A Different Kind of Book for Children and Adults to Enjoy. Running Press, 2002.

Untermeyer, Louis, ed. The Golden Treasury of Poetry. Golden Press, 1959.


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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