Friday, May 17, 2019

Poetry Friday: Favorite Anthologies for Preschoolers!

has this week's round-up of poetic goodness.
Her students share nature pi-ku written on 
a day-long field trip to City Park. What fun! 

This week I'm sharing a stack of my favorite poetry anthologies for our youngest listeners. If you're not familiar with the two Prelutsky collections on the bottom, Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young and The 20th-Century Children's Poetry Treasury, then you should remedy that immediately. Both were favorites when my two were little, and I'm loving introducing them to the grandsons. Kay Chorao's lush illustrations in Baby's Bedtime Book accompany a variety of traditional rhymes, familiar favorites, and little known gems. Every household needs a Leaves From a Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson and a book of Mother Goose. I especially love this collection illustrated by Sylvia Long. The final two are newer discoveries, but still well-loved favorites. Julie Andrews refers to her anthology Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies (compiled with her daughter, Emma Hamilton) as a collection of their "favorite things." And Ken Nesbitt's One Minute till Bedtime: 60 Second Poems to Send You Off to Sleep is filled with poets you will recognize, some of them are Poetry Friday friends. So there you have it, seven favorite poetry anthologies for the youngest set! Leave a comment if you have a favorite anthology for preschoolers.


  1. Thumbs up! Thanks for sharing. I've also enjoy "The Random House Book of Poetry for Children" selected by Jack Prelutsky, "A Family of Poems" selected by Caroline Kennedy, and most recently I purchased (and love) "Sing a Song of Seasons, a Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year" selected by Fiona Waters.

  2. All wonderful, Ramona. One Minute till Bedtime is one favorite of ours still. I gave this one to Ingrid's teacher that year it came out. It is a special new one, but the others are lovely, too. Ah, so many to love! Thanks!

  3. Great list! I have a few of these in my classroom, but soon will have to bring them home for grandbaby to enjoy.

  4. This is a great list. Three of the books were on our bookshelves for our children. I'm looking forward to checking out the others.