Children's Poetry

Article by Danielle

It’s National Poetry Month! Here are some children’s poetry books we’re excited about this month to help you turn your little one into a versifier extraordinaire. -Mary

Make Magic! Do Good! Cover Image
By Dallas Clayton, Dallas Clayton (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763657468
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - November 13th, 2012

From the creator of children’s book sensation THE AWESOME BOOK comes another rainbow-colored masterpiece. Clayton’s poems cover everything from blue apples to Xavier Xing Xu’s mission to create more words that begin with X to a store that sells colors that’ve never been made. However, they all share the same message: Make magic Do good. Be who you are. Be what you should. 


I've Lost My Hippopotamus Cover Image
By Jack Prelutsky, Jackie Urbanovic (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062014573
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - March 13th, 2012

It feels like Jack Prelutsky has a hand in everything related to children’s poetry these days - and we don’t mind one bit! Mr. Prelutsky has written over 50 kid’s poetry collections, but I’VE LOST MY HIPPOPOTAMUS is one of our favorites. You simply can’t find poems about furry wiguanas and yummy pelicanteloupes anywhere else! If you love “I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus,” you should also check out THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK, A PIZZA THE SIZE OF THE SUN, STARDINES SWIM HIGH ACROSS THE SKY, and another favorite of ours, NIGHTMARES: POEMS TO TROUBLE YOUR SLEEP.


The Owl and the Pussycat: And Other Nonsense Cover Image
By Edward Lear, Robert Ingpen (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780957148307
Availability: Backordered
Published: Palazzo Editions - September 1st, 2012

First written in 1867 as a get-well treat for the daughter of a family friend, THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT is now a staple in the children’s poetry canon. This printing of the poem, alongside Lear’s other wonderful, nonsensical pieces such as “The Jumbies” and “The Dong with the Luminous Nose” celebrates the 200th anniversary of Lear’s birthday. Robert Ingpen’s sweeping illustrations seal this little book as a must-have for any sophisticated child’s library.


Bananas in My Ears: A Collection of Nonsense Stories, Poems, Riddles, and Rhymes Cover Image
By Michael Rosen, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763662486
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 28th, 2012

“What if a piece of toast turned into a piece of ghost?” or even worse, “What if hard-boiled eggs turned into hard-boiled legs?” It is such pressing questions as these that tumble through the pages of Michael Rosen’s latest book of poems. Illustrator Quentin Blake provides drawings for each of Rosen’s off-the-wall verses. A scrumptious read.


Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems & Drawings Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780060572341
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - February 18th, 2014

No children’s poetry list would be complete without Shel Silverstein. I encourage you to read everything he wrote, but I chose to highlight WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS because HarperCollins has recently released a 30th anniversary special edition that includes twelve new poems. 


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