Please let me know what are your favorite poem collections or books for children!!
My all-time favourite book for children about poetry is Love That Dog by Sharon Creech, but beware it is a little sad and it's directed for children about age 9 or so. It provides an introduction to some wonderful poetry and should inspire a child to explore some poets that they might not "meet' for a while.
The 20th Century Children's Poetry Collection - Jack Prelutsky
A Family of Poems - Caroline Kennedy
Jabberwocky - Lewis Carroll
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats - T.S. Eliot
A Child's Garden of Verses - R.L. Stevenson
Mother Goose! Still! I am amazed at the sticking power of all these poems, and we enjoy discovering new anthologies with different pictures, complete version of the poems, etc. When I'm in a silly mood, I like to try to make them rhyme, like "wander/ gander".
They also enjoy the old Childcraft poetry and story collections that we read at their Grandma's. There are a lot of fun poems in those!
ohhh.. i know this is an old thread but i just came across Dark emperor and other poems of the night...
that book is straight up gorgeous. i had seen the book songs of the water boatman back when it came out (same author) and those are fantastic, just beautiful books. they're little poems about things in the natural world, the water boatman is about pond life and dark emperor is about what it says, porcupettes and moths and owls, etc. so so so cool.