From time to time, I want to share books from my own book bag with you here – “around the table.” This is what I have in my book bag today:
FAVORITE POETRY BOOKS FOR CHILDREN – 2011
I’ve read so many “Best Books of 2011” lists since January – and discovered so many titles I might otherwise have missed – that I’d like to share my list of nine favorite poetry books for children in 2011. I chose them based on the craftsmanship behind the poems themselves, the beauty and delight of their illustrations, and the kid appeal (or, sometimes, teacher appeal – though hopefully both) of the whole package. Above are cover images – just click on those for larger images. And click on titles in the list below to read more about them at Goodreads.com – I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
- Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Nancy Doniger
- Brother Sun, Sister Moon: Canticles of the Creatures by St. Francis of Assisi, reimagined by Katherine Paterson, illustrated by Pamela Dalton
- His Shoes Were Far Too Tight by Edward Lear, edited by Daniel Pinkwater, illustrated by Calef Brown
- Around the World on Eighty Legs by Amy Gibson, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
- Spinster Goose: Twisted Rhymes for Naughty Children by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
- Twosomes: Love Poems from the Animal Kingdom by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Lee Wildish
- A Little Bitty Man and Other Poems for the Very Young by Halfdan Rasmussen, translated by Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
- Never Forgotten by Patricia McKissack, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
- BookSpeak! Poems About Books by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Josee Bisaillon
If you’re interested in these books – either as a reader or a writer – be sure to follow Sylvia Vardell’s wonderful blog, Poetry for Children as well as Librarians’ Choices, the blog project headed up by Ms. Vardell, where you’ll find a Master List of worthy poetry titles for kids, put together by librarians around the country. And visit blogs of people who participate in Poetry Friday from week to week – you’ll find a list of people who host the Poetry Friday Round-Up through June over at A Year of Reading.