For the very young
Poet A.A. Milne may be best-remembered for the stories of Christopher Robin, Pooh, and the rest of the residents of the Hundred Acre Wood. However, his children's poetry books, When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six, have memorable poems that even young children can learn and enjoy.
For the beginning reader
For children of all ages
The immortal words of Dr. Seuss are a suitable inspiration for children of all ages. From the simple rhymes of Fox in Socks and Green Eggs and Ham, to more complex social messages in books like The Lorax and Oh, the Places You'll Go, Dr. Suess offers poetry the whole family can enjoy. You can also find translations of some Dr. Suess titles, including Spanish and Chinese in our collection.
Shel Silverstein's books of poetry appeal to both the young and the young at heart with inventive rhymes and imaginative ideas and illustrations that capture the things that many wonder about but never dared to say aloud:
"Whatif nobody likes me?
Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?"
-"Whatif" from A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Thanks to blogger Tom Burns for this "Poetry Is Actually Kind of Cool" post, which helped inspire our list.