I especially liked Ciardi’s poem “Little Bits”.
Another favorite book was Ounce Dice Trice.
It might not have been called a book of poetry, but it was and is all about savoring words (and pictures).
My last word goes to Margaret Wise Brown from her book “Where Have You Been?”, illustrated by Barbara Cooney. This poem roosted inside me when I was about 5, and it has lived there ever since. I recite it to the crows in our neighborhood.
In the comment section I welcome any of your favorite poems or words from childhood. Thank you.
p.s. In my newsletter I mentioned the wonderful book Forgotten Words by Robert MacFarlane. It is actually called Lost Words.