Poetry Book List

Introduce your young readers to the beautiful expression of ideas, emotions, and events through poetry with titles suitable for kindergarten through high school and beyond.

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1 is one duckling, swimming in a dish;  2 is two sisters, making a wish.  There will, of course, always be children who must learn to count. Teach them also to enjoy the process and to count those things that are most important to them. Eighteen stars twinkling in the sky and twelve baby birds learning to sing are an excellent start. A 1957 Caldecott Honor book for Tasha Tudor's classic illustrations. 48 pages, hardcover. Ages 4 to 8. 

Illustrations by Susan Jeffers perfectly portray the stanzas in Robert Frost's classic poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. White woods, towns, and snowflakes play up the warmth of colors on the man's plaid jacket and sleigh blanket. A perfect way to snuggle up a cold night, and introduce young children to the beauty of Frost's poetry! Hardcover with frosted-translucent dust jacket. Approximately 8.75" x 7.25".

The fresh cuts. That’s where it all begins. The barbershop is where the magic happens. Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoulders, a dab of cool shaving cream on their foreheads, and a slow, steady cut, they become royalty. That crisp yet subtle line makes boys sharper, more visible, more aware of every great thing that could happen to them when they look good: lesser grades turn into As; girls take notice; even a mother’s hug gets a little tighter. Everyone notices. This rhythmic, read-aloud title is an unbridled celebration of the self-esteem, confidence, and swagger boys feel when they leave the barber’s chair.  This multi-award winning ode is a high-spirited, engaging salute to the beautiful, raw, assured humanity of black boys and how they see themselves when they approve of their reflections in the mirror. 32 pages, hardcover. Ages 3 and up.

"Birds pray, trees pray, flowers pray, mountains pray, the winds and rain pray, rivers and little insects pray as well. The whole earth is in constant prayer, and we can join with its great prayer," says award-winning author and illustrator Paul Goble. Every element of creation - from the magpie to the minnow - glorifies God in its own way in this bold and brightly illustrated work, adapted from The Book of Common Prayer. Goble invites readers to join with the land and the animals in singing praise to God. Hardcover.

Come in...for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Siverstein's world begins. You'll meet the boy who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there. It is a place where your wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens. Shel Silverstein's masterful collection of poems and drawings is at once outrageously funny and profound. This 30th Anniversary Edition features 12 NEW poems!

Children will love to read the poems and look at the pictures in this lovely book. Each page features a poem about a certain bird with a funny picture to go along. From familiar birds like the Roadrunner and common Crow to exotic birds like the Royal Spoonbill, all the twenty-one birds in this book will both entertain and teach any child.

Discover 'Bless Our Pets', a heartwarming poetry collection by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrator Lita Judge. This heartwarming anthology from over a dozen authors celebrates the furry and scaly companions we adore. Celebrate your kid's gratitude for creatures big and small with this adorable anthology. Picture Book. 40 pages. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.

Coretta Scott King Award winner Ashley Bryan celebrates three favorite spirituals in this colorful and joyous picture book. Come, sing, and celebrate the power of the beloved songs "This Little Light of Mine," "Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In," and "He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands" through kaleidoscopic illustrations of color and cut paper. 48 pages, hardcover. Ages 4 to 8.

Poetry for Kids: Robert Frost is a collection to be read, experienced, and treasured!

Whether capturing a cold New England winter's evening, or the beauty of an old, abandoned house, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost left an indelible mark on our consciousness. This stunning celebration of his best-loved work includes 35 poems specially chosen for children ages 8 to 14.

Illustrator Michael Paraskevas brings the poems to life with illustrations that are infused with majestic color and quiet simplicity. Poems include "Mending Wall," "Birches," "The Road Not Taken," "Fire and Ice," and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,"

This gentle introduction also includes commentary, definitions of key words, and an introduction to the poet's life.

48 pages, hardcover.

Eloise Wilkin's touching illustrations in this Little Golden Storybook, give added meaning to the beautiful, traditional prayers that every child grows up on. This is a perfect book for the whole family to enjoy together.

The Watcher by Nikki Grimes, and illustrated by Bryan Collier is a story inspired by Psalm 121 and is written in two ways: a story narrative and a poem within the lines of the story, called a golden shovel. A story about bullying, told from two different standpoints: the bully Tanya, and her usual victim Jordan. Jordan lives in fear of Tanya, unaware of the worries and troubles that Tanya bears alone. The Lord is watching over both of them and helps to guide them along a path that might just help them to understand each other and even forge a new friendship.

World Magazine's 2018 Picture Book of the Year.

In this collection of new poems by Nikki Grimes, a child learns about prayer from his father, whose prayers carry the family through each day - no matter what the circumstances. Nikki Grimes believes that spirituality and prayer are signs of true strength and power. When Daddy Prays celebrates fathers who help their children see this.

Sailing boats down the river, climbing majestic cherry trees, building cities out of blocks, reading picture books on snowy days. . . . Ready to charm a new generation of readers, this perennial classic celebrates all the timeless joys of childhood! Stevenson's poetry is complemented by breathtaking watercolor paintings by Caldecott Honor illustrator Tasha Tudor. 69 pages, hardcover from Simon & Schuster.

Beautiful, commissioned illustrations accompany a number of Emily Dickinson's most beloved poems. A fantastic way to introduce children to poetry, the included vocabulary and context notes help make the art form more accessible to beginners. A biography of the poet is also provided at the beginning of the book. Ages 8 & up. 48 pages, hardcover.

This whimsically beautiful book of 20th century children's poetry contains both obscure gems as well as well-known favorites. Compiled by the United States Children's Poet Laureate, carefully selected poems focus in on classic themes (nature and dreaming) as well as more modern topics (remote controls). Throughout, Meilo So's watercolors brilliantly match both the subject and mood of the poetry sprinkled across the pages. Arranged loosely by subject, this collection of 211 poems is sure to become a favorite. 87 pages, hardcover with dust jacket.

The Pilgrim's Progress: A Poetic Retelling of John Bunyan's Classic Tale is a fresh retelling of Bunyan's classic Christian allegory features kid-friendly language in verse form and colorful illustrations that bring this epic journey to life for readers ages 8 years and up. More than just a fantastical adventure, this book will help children gain greater knowledge of key Christian concepts in words they can understand, making it a perfect choice for family reading or a trustworthy alternative to screen time.

In 1955, people all over the United States knew that Emmett Louis Till was a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. The brutality of his murder, the open-casket funeral, and the acquittal of the men tried for the crime drew wide media attention. Award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement. This martyr’s wreath, woven from a little-known but sophisticated form of poetry, challenges us to speak out against modern-day injustices, to "speak what we see." A 2006 Coretta Scott King Honor Book. 48 pages, softcover. Ages 12 and up.

Generally considered among the greatest American poets, Emily Dickinson has been read, studied and admired by generations of literature students and poetry lovers. This modestly priced new edition presents over 100 of her best-known, best-loved poems, reprinted from authoritative early editions.

Poets' Prize winner Marilyn Nelson has crafted a book of poetry that tells not only the events, but the feeling and emotion of the devout life of George Washington Carver. Raised by a childless white couple who had owned his mother, Carver would leave home to receive an education and eventually start the agricultural department at Tuskegee Institute; he there found countless new uses for peanuts, cowpeas, and sweet potatoes. Black and white photographs are included. 103 pages, hardcover with dust jacket.

Please note! This book includes graphic language and descriptions of hate crimes. Not for younger readers without proofreading by parents.

These deceptively simple lines from the title poem of this collection suggest Robert Frost at his most representative: the language is simple, clear and colloquial, yet dense with meaning and wider significance. Drawing upon everyday incidents, common situations and rural imagery, Frost fashioned poetry of great lyrical beauty and potent symbolism.

In the spirit of the Dangerous Book for Boys, here are 100 essential poems for boys of all ages. 100 Best Poems for Boys is a perfect introduction for those encountering poetry for the first time, but readers who grew up with poems will also cherish this treasury of classics.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers is a wonderful gift for a child or a Mister Rogers fan. This collection features 75 songs from the children's classic television show, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and is paired with lovely illustrations. Introduce the next generation to the kind and welcoming words about self-esteem, kindness, self-awareness and more that Mister Rogers shared with children (and adults) for years. Includes an Index of Song Titles, and Index, and an About Fred Rogers section in the back. Hardcover edition.

This powerful collection of poems chronicles the various experiences of American slaves. Joined through the imagery drawn from quilting and fiber arts, each poem is spoken from a different perspective of the hardship endured by America's slaves. Each poem is supplemented by a historical note. Hardcover with dust jacket.

Dig into the riches of the very best of children's poetry---from William Shakespeare to Lewis Carroll to A.A. Milne. This treasury of 700 all-time favorite children's poems is a classic kids of all ages will turn to again and again. Discover time-honored favorites like "Casey at the Bat" and "The Wreck of the Hesperus"! Delightfully illustrated by Caldecott Award-winning artist Leonard Weisgard. 598 pages, hardcover from Doubleday.

"If readers are to come to Shakespeare and to Chekhov, to Henry James and to Jane Austen, then they are best prepared if they have read Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, Robert Louis Stevenson and Rudyard Kipling," writes Harold Bloom in his introduction to this enchanting and much-needed anthology of exceptional stories and poems selected to inspire a lifelong love of reading. As television and the Internet threaten to distract young people from the pleasures of reading, Bloom presents a volume that will amuse, challenge, and beguile readers with its myriad voices and subjects. Here are old favorites by beloved writers of children's literature, as well as exciting rediscoveries and wonderful works penned by writers better known for their adult classics, such as Herman Melville, Leo Tolstoy, Edith Wharton, and Walt Whitman. Encompassing the natural world and the supernatural; childhood, romance, and death; pets, wild animals, and goblins; mystery, adventure, and humor; the selections reflect the passion and erudition of our most revered literary critic. Arranged by season, Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages is a must-have anthology, sure to delight readers young and old for years to come.

The Periodic Table of Poems is a unique collection of 93 short poems that explores the properties and nuances of each element in the periodic table. Author & Professor Davern discusses the science, history, and quirks of each element--things like why potassium reacts explosively with water, what about arsenic makes it both a deadly poison and a cure for syphilis, and how mercury inspired the term "mad as a hatter". 296 pages, softcover.

Immerse your kids in three centuries of American verse---they'll feel the heartbeat and hear the voice of their great nation! This choice anthology features sizable selections from 20 major poets, including Edward Taylor, Walt Whitman, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, e.e. cummings, Robert Frost, W.H. Auden, and others. Features brief biographical notes and an index of titles/first lines. 535 pages, softcover from Penguin Putnam.

Seven centuries of English poetry, chosen and introduced by Christopher Ricks, whom Auden described as "exactly the kind of critic every poet dreams of finding."

The Oxford Book of English Verse, created in 1900 by Arthur Quiller-Couch, is considered the foremost anthology of English poetry.  This completely fresh selection brings in new poems and poets from all ages, and extends the range by another half-century, to include many twentieth-century figures such as Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney. Genres included are lyric (beginning with medieval song); satire; hymn; ode; sonnet; elegy; ballad; dramatic verse by Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson, Webster; great works of translation considered true English poetry, such as Chapman's Homer (bringing in its happy wake Keats's 'On First Looking into Chapman's Homer'), Dryden's Juvenal, and many others; well-loved nursery rhymes; limericks; even clerihews. English poetry from all parts of the British Isles is firmly represented--Henryson and MacDiarmid, for example, now join Dunbar and Burns from Scotland; James Henry, Austin Clarke, and J. M. Synge now join Allingham and Yeats from Ireland; R. S. Thomas joins Dylan Thomas from Wales--and Edward Taylor and Anne Bradstreet, writing in America before its independence in the 1770s. Some of the greatest long poems are here in their entirety--Wordsworth's 'Tintern Abbey', Coleridge's 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner', and Christina Rossetti's 'Goblin Market'--alongside some of the shortest, haikus, squibs, and epigrams. Generous and wide-ranging, mixing familiar with fresh delights, this is an anthology to move and delight all who find themselves loving English verse. 750 pages, hardcover.

Why didn't anyone think of this before? This is the first collection of poems written in English inspired by the Bible. Each poem is preceded by the scriptural passage that inspired it, beginning with Genesis 1:1 as conceived by John Milton. The works of John Donne, Robert Burns, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, William Blake, T.S. Eliot, Carl Sandburg, and a host of over 300 others round out this inspirational treasury. From William Herbert's 14th century paraphrase on a passage from Isaiah, to Lord Byron's Hebrew Melodies, this anthology covering the Old Testament is an unrivaled source of inspiration and imagination. 446 pages, hardcover from Oxford.

This book is the first comprehensive collection ever made of poems written in English inspired by the Bible. A ground- breaking anthology, it introduces readers to a distinct her- itage of English poetry; the scriptural tradition. Though frequently ignored and sometimes suppressed, this tradition rivals the classical and is every bit as venerable.

In The Vintage Book of African American Poetry, editors Harper and Walton present the definitive collection of black verse in the United States - from the neoclassical stylings of slave - born Phillis Wheatley to the pst modern artistry of Yuslef Komunyakaa. Here is the oracular vision of Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott, the plaintive rhapsodies of an imprisioned Etheridge Knight. Here, too, is a landmark exploration of lesser known artists - including perhaps the tradition's most accomplished practicioner, Sterling A. Brown - whose efforts birthed the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts movements - and changed forver not only our national literature but the course of America itself. Meticulously researched, thoughtfully structured, The Vintage Book of African American Poetry is a collection of inestimable value to all those interested in the ever-evolving tradition that is American poetry.

Unrivaled in its range and intensity, the poetry of World War I continues to have a powerful effect on readers. This newly edited anthology reflects the diverse experiences of those who lived through the war, bringing together the words of poets, soldiers, and civilians affected by the conflict. Here are famous verses by Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon, and Wlfred Owen; poetry by women writing from the home front; and the anonymous lyrics of soldier's songs. Arranged thematically, the selections take the reader through the war's stages, from conscription to its aftermath, and offer a blend of voices that is both unique and profoundly moving.

Narrative Poems by C.S. Lewis includes all of his narrative-based poetry: Dymer, Launcelot, the Nameless Isle, and The Queen of Drum. Capturing the range of Lewis' romantic imagination and echoes from the narrative poems of the past, these works feature themes common in Lewis' other works, including Christianity, mythology, and human development. Includes a preface by the editor, Walter Hooper as well as the preface by C.S. Lewis to the 1950 edition of Dymer. 249 pages with deckled edges, softcover with French Flaps. Part of the Harper Lewis C.S. Lewis Signature Classics series.

Although Rudyard Kipling is chiefly remembered as the author of such classics as Kim and The Jungle Book, he was also a prodigious and widely read writer of verse, and is considered by many to be the poet of the British Empire. His poetry, like his fiction, gives eloquent expression to the lives of unsung men and women, children, and animals. Witty, profound, acerbic, and occasionally savage, Kipling's poetry can be both tender and deeply moving. This complete, definitive collection of his verse will delight and enthrall readers of all ages.

Choice collection reflects the poet's mastery of a rich variety of poetic forms and meters. Included is one of his best narrative poems, The Courtship of Miles Standish, along with such famous works as "The Village Blacksmith," "The Wreck of the Hesperus," "The Children's Hour" and "Paul Revere's Ride." Reprinted from standard edition. Alphabetical lists of titles and first lines. Paperback, 85 pages.

This superb collection of 25 works features the poet's masterpiece, "The Waste Land"; the complete Prufrock and Other Observations ("The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," "Portrait of a Lady," "Preludes, " "Rhapsody on a Windy Night," "Mr. Apollinax," "Morning at the Window," and others); "The Hollow Men"; and the collection Poems ("Gerontion," "The Hippopotamus," "Sweeney Among the Nightingales," and more). 80 pages, softcover.

The Sonnets of William Shakespeare, a cycle of 154 linked poems, were first published in 1609. Filled with ideas about love, beauty and mortality, the sonnets are written in the same beautiful and innovative language that we have come to know from Shakespeare's plays. The first 126 sonnets are addressed to a young man known as the 'Fair Youth', while others are directed at a 'Rival Poet', and a 'Dark Lady'. This Macmillan Collector's Library edition contains all of the poems, which explore many of Shakespeare's most common themes: jealousy, betrayal, melancholy. They ache with unfulfilled longing, and, for many, they are the most complete and moving meditations on love ever written. With an afterword by Peter Harness. Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.