A Golden Treasure
Not only does Caroline Kennedy present the reader with her mother’s favorite poems, but she also lets us in on how this literary mother inspired a similar love in her children.
When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne
These poems, written by Milne for his son Christopher Robin in the 1920’s, are just as much fun for today’s children.
Poetry for Young People series
Each book in this series features the works of one poet. A few pages of biographical information are found at the beginning, and the rest of the book has a generous selection of poems. There are a few notes at the beginning of each, as well as definitions of the more difficult words in the poem at the end.
The Classic Hundred Poems: All-Time Favorites edited by William Harmon
An anthology for the older student, this book features classic poems by the great poets (Wordsworth, Shelley, Browning, and others), and also provides brief notes about theme and form after each poem.
The Mouse of Amherst by Elizabeth Spires
I accidentally discovered this delightful children’s biography of Emily Dickinson as told by a mouse.
Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, illustrated by Ted Rand
This picture book of Longfellow’s classic ballad is recommended in Five in a Row Volume 3.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers
This picture book, also recommended in Five in a Row, will involve even the very young in its interesting pictorial interpretation. My kindergartner memorized the poem after a week of reading this aloud once a day.
My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Monique Felix
Another poem made into a picture book, this one engages us with the Felix’s delightful illustrations of an adorable mouse.