We believe that poetry is an important part of introducing children to literature. Poetry paints pictures with words and rhythm, allowing children another way to experience beauty. These five stunning illustrated books of poetry are keepers.
A Light in the Attic - If you liked Where the Sidewalk Ends, you will also love A Light in the Attic. A collection of Shel Silverstein poems that will make you laugh and never disappoint.
World Make Way - Poems inspired by art from the Metropolitan Museum. Each poem is paired with a beautiful piece of art and speaks as a narration of sort to what the story behind the art might be.
Sing a Song of Seasons - Nature poems for every day of the year. With beautiful illustrations throughout, this book is worthy of a place on the coffee table. My kids love to look up their birthdays to see what poem is theirs.
The Lost Words - Did you know that when the 2007 edition of the Junior Oxford Dictionary (a widespread favorite of schools) was published, about 40 common words about nature were no longer included? Words like otter, heather, wren and lark were dropped in favor of more technological words like bullet-point and blog. This large book (also a coffee table winner!) has beautiful double-page spreads of illustrations paired with a poem about the missing word and is sure to inspire curiosity in both old and young.
When Green Becomes Tomatoes - A collection of seasonal poems by the talented Julie Fogliano. Each poem is dated, carrying you through the weeks of the year, highlighting the joys found in each season. Most poems are bite-size and would be a perfect beginner memorization project.
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Have you ever wanted to learn more about the wildlife that lives on Mt. Everest? Ever considered that a yak is a pretty cute fella with his shaggy, brown hairdo? Everest by Sangma Francis and Lisk Feng is full of illustrations and facts about the world's highest peak - including the yaks that call it home!