Our Favorite Poetry Books for Children

Linda Israelson, Librarian, Children's Literature Department,
The Walrus and the Carpenter speaking to the Oysters
The Walrus and the Carpenter speaking to the Oysters, as portrayed by illustrator John Tenniel

April is National Poetry Month! Established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, this festive celebration aims to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States.

In the Children’s Literature Department of our beautiful Central Library, we are celebrating by reading poetry, writing poetry, and sharing poetry! All of this month’s programs and class visits have a poetry tie-in, plus a librarian recites a poem aloud wherever there happens to be a group of listeners at some point each day.

We have displays of poetry anthologies, guides to writing poetry, novels in verse, and picture books told in rhyme. Those who feel adventurous can go on a “Poetry Walk” and read the entirety of Lewis Carroll’s gem, The Walrus and the Carpenter. All 18 stanzas are posted on our bookcases with arrows indicating the direction in which to head next.

Additionally, patrons are encouraged to write their own poems, such as a Haiku, Limericks, and a “paste together a poem” with word cutouts available. Check out our calendar of events for poetry happenings around our branches.

Some of Our Favorite Poetry Books for Children

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Carroll, Lewis, 1832-1898.

The Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry

Here's a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry

The Random House Book of Poetry for Children

Laughing tomatoes and other spring poems/Jitomates risueños y otros poemas de primavera
Alarcon, Francisco X.

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
Alexander, Kwame

Laugh-eteria: Poems and Drawings
Florian, Douglas.

The spider and the fly
Howitt, Mary (Mary Botham), 1799-1888.

Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep
Prelutsky, Jack.

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich: and other stories you're sure to like, because they're all about monsters, and some of them are also about food
Rex, Adam.

Where the Sidewalk Ends
Silverstein, Shel.

Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems
Singer, Marilyn.

One Last Word
Grimes, Nikki,