Please let me know what are your favorite poem collections or books for children!!
It's old-fashioned but as a kid I loved _When We Were Very Young_ and _Now We Are Six_ by A.A. Milne. My three year old loves them now too.
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
Talking Like the Rain is a wonderful anthology. We have also gotten a lot of mileage out of Poetry Speaks to Children (it has a marvelous cd with authors like Roald Dahl and Robert Frost and J.R.R. Tolkien reading their own work).
You definitely want A.A. Milne and Shel Silverstein. And one or more collections, but I don't have one I like more than any other. We also loved Orangutan Tongs, by Jon Agee (tongue twister poems that are really fun to read.)
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!
Give me a few minutes while I caffeinate.
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.
Is it getting lonely in the echo chamber yet?