by Christy Reading

Sharing Poetry With Your Little Ones

I cannot remember a time when I did not love poetry. I give all credit for that to my mom who brought me up on The Highwayman, Annabell Lee, Charge of the Light Brigade, and Cracks in the Sidewalk. She loved reading poetry with me. And she loved encouraging me to write poetry myself. Now, I strive to pass that same love on to my girls. Today I’m sharing 3 of my girls favorite poetry books.

Please Bury Me in the Library

Before my eldest was born I worked at my university’s library. As the Circulation Coordinator I helped train many of the student workers, and all of the circulation workers. The library was like a family. So, when we found out I was expecting the lovely library family gave us a gift card, and some baby gifts for our little Tiger. We used some of the money to purchase her first book. It was a book of poetry called Please Bury Me in the Library. We had as many staff and student workers as possible sign the book. And, now our girly loves it when we read it together. The content is a variety of poetic styles, from haiku, to free verse, to metered verse. It is light and silly. Perfect for sharing with the toddler (or older child… who am I kidding, even the adults) in your life. Vivid pictures draw little ones to want to hear about alphabet soup, or good and bad books, or Mary’s little lamb. This book is filled with the poetry of J. Patrick Lewis.

Please Bury Me in the Library is chalk full of gorgeous illustrations, and fun poetry

The Oxford Book of Story Poems

The Oxford Book of story poems is thick for a child’s poetry book. But, don’t let that discourage you from reading with your little one. This book has gorgeous colorful illustrations scattered throughout its pages. Many of the poetry classics fill its pages: The Pied Piper of Hamlin, The Lady of Shalott, Jabberwocky, The Walrus and the Carpenter. Little ones love the rhythm of poetry, and the way it lilts off the tongue. This is a great book to introduce them to its pleasures.

Colorful illustrations draw children in to reading poetry

The Golden Books Family Treasury of Poetry

Another collection of famous poems. The illustrations are more frequent, but less colorful. Some illustrations are in full color, but not all. However, the illustrations in it are charming and eye-catching. The dust jacket of our copy is beginning to wear through it’s been read so many times. This book is divided into categories. And many of the poems have a short introduction with them giving a little background or pointing out some neat feature or other. Not all little ones may be interested in that part, but as they grow older the book grows with them keeping their interest.

Custard the Dragon’s cowardly nature endears him to everyone. And, the pictures in the poetry book help too.

These are just 3 of my favorites. The world, and your local library are bursting with lovely poetry books just waiting to be shared. Don’t take my word for it. Get out there and explore.