April is National Poetry Month. If you love poetry and you have wondered how to expose the smallest people in your life to it you are in luck. Today we have Heather Blake here form the Vernon Area Public Library District to share with us some poetry books that are not only perfect for little ears but beautiful too!
April is National Poetry Month and the following are just a few fantastically fun titles for you and your littles to celebrate and enjoy rhymes, poems and limericks written just for them!
Meow Ruff: A Story in Concrete Poetry, by Joyce Sidman illustrated by Michelle Berg
Fun to read, the poetry makes up the picture book’s illustrations.
Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors , by Joyce Sidman illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
What could be better than a book that opens with spring (especially this time of year!)? This book is for a slightly older child but the intricate and detailed illustrations will keep your littlest involved for family storytime. As the book flap asks…what colors can you feel – or hear, or taste, or smell – today?
Little Poems for Tiny Ears, by Lin Oliver, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
A compilation of original poetry, adorable and short – just like your baby! Perfect for a before bed quick read.
My favorites: “A Snooze” and “Peekaboo.”
Pocketful of Nonsense, by James Marshall
Hilarity ensues with classic limericks as well as a few new in this book by children’s author/illustrator James Marshall. The illustrations are equally funny, a perfect pairing for kiddos young and old. A word of warning, you will get these stuck in your head and be hearing them from your children after the first reading…and they will be begging repeat performances!
BookSpeak!: Poems About Books, By Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Josée Bisaillon
And last but not least…a book of poems about books! What did you expect from a librarian!?
And a few links to give you some more inspiration and ideas:
According to Edgar Allan Poe, “poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.” I hope these books help add a little beauty to your April!
Do you read poetry to your kids? Share your favorite books with us in the comments!
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