Recommendations by Laura M

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? I can’t think of a better way to step into spring than to celebrate poets and poetry. Everything feels awakening and alive -bird song, tree bud, mud squelch, ice break!

I have put together an offering of poetry books for kids of all ages. I hope you find something you love or are simply inspired to take some time to re-read a favourite poem you already know and cherish.

 

Little poems for tiny ears book jacket coverLittle poems for tiny ears by Lin Oliver, illustrated by Tomie dePaola (baby-2 years)

Introduce young children to poetry with this delightful collection of poems that honour the everyday things they love – playing peekaboo, splashing in the bath and cuddles at bedtime. Both charming and cheerful, this book is perfect for reading aloud.

 

Alligator pie book jacket coverAlligator pie by Dennis Lee, illustrated by Frank Newfeld (4+ years)

First published in 1974, this classic of Canadian children’s literature is a delightful romp in clever rhyme and sing-song rhythm. It’s catchy, it’s repeatable, it’s total nonsense – just what young listeners need as they’re learning syllables and the sounds of words!

  

 

Forget-me-nots book jacket coverForget-me-nots: Poems to learn by heart by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Michael Emberley (4-8 years)

This collection of poems especially suitable for learning by heart and saying aloud. Mary Ann Hoberman, Children’s Poet Laureate from 2008-2010, chose these particular poems because they are easy to remember and worth remembering. In an appended section, she talks about how to make the process of learning poems by heart a game – where the prize is you get to keep it for a lifetime!

Echo echo book jacket coverEcho echo: Reverso poems about Greek myths by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Josée Masse (6-9 years)

Reversos are poems that can be read in two ways – up and down – working equally well in both directions. In this collection of reversos, readers will delight in uncovering dual points of view in well-known myths, reminding us that there are two sides to every story.

When green becomes tomatoes book jacket coverWhen green becomes tomatoes: Poems for all seasons by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Julie Morstad (6-10 years)

Explore the seasons in this beautiful book! Julie Fogliano’s verses capture both the colourful images of nature as well as the emotions the seasons evoke, while Julie Morstad’s illustrations help express a sense of wonder. 

 

Wet Cement book jacket coverWet cement: A mix of concrete poems by Bob Raczka (8-12 years)

Concrete poetry uses the arrangement of words on a page to convey the meaning of the poem, painting word picture on the page. This fun and clever collection is sure to inspire young poets!

 

  

A Kick in the Head book jacket coverA kick in the head: An everyday guide to poetic forms compiled by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Chris Raschka (8-12 years)

For readers interested in taking a more comprehensive look at the poetic form, this is a fabulous introduction that provides accessible examples and spirited images. It shows just how “poetry jumpstarts…imagination.”