Booth, David, ed. “‘Til All The Stars Have Fallen: A Collection of Poems for Children.” New York: Puffin Books, 1989. A superb collection of poetry dealing with varied subjects.
Ciardi, John. “You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You.” New York: Harper Trophy, 1962. Award winning book of 35 poems about a variety of subjects.
Clark, Emma Chichester, ed. “I Never Saw A Purple Cow and Other Nonsense Rhymes.” Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1990. The collector has illustrated her collection of more than 120 rhymes about animals, which derive from a variety of sources.
Cole, William. “Poem Stew.” New York: Harper Trophy, 1981. A hilarious book of poems written about food. A Reading Rainbow Selection.
Dakos, Kalli. “If You’re Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand.” New York: Four Winds Press, 1991. Thirty-seven poems and miniplays about life in an elementary school. Winner of a “Children’s Choice Award” from International Reading Association. “Don’t Read This Book, Whatever You Do!: More Poems About School.” New York: Four Winds Press, 1993.A follow up to her earlier book about life in an elementary school.
Daniel, Mark. “A Child’s Treasury of Poems.” New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1986. A collection of rhymes, verses, songs, lullabies, and jingles from the nineteenth and early twentieth century.
dePaola, Tomie, ed. “Tomie dePaola’s Book of Poems.” New York: G.P. Putnam and Sons, 1988. An illustrated collection of poems by such authors as Dorothy Aldis, Carl Sandburg, Langston Hughes, and Frederico Garcia Lorca.
Koch, Kenneth, and Kate Farrell, eds. “Talking To The Sun: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems for Young People.” New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1985. Poems from various time periods and many countries are organized by themes and illustrated with reproductions of art works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Fisher, Aileen. “Feathered Ones and Furry.” New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 1971. A book of poems about animals and birds.
Fleischman, Paul. “Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices.” New York: Random House, 1988. A collection of poems describing a variety of insects written to be read by two voices. Newberry Medal Winner in 1989.
Gannett, Lewis, ed. “The Family Book of Verse.” New York: Harper and Brothers, 1961. A collection of poems organized under various headings and most suitable for reading aloud.
Livingston, Myra Cohn. “Earth Songs.” New York: Holiday House, 1986. A poetic tribute to the earth its continents, clay, hills, forests, and seas.
Moore, Lilian. “Adam Mouse’s Book of Poems.” New York: Atheneum, 1992. A collection of poems about nature written by a mouse named Adam.
“Poetry Place Anthology.” New York: Instructor Books, 1983. A collection of more than 600 poems for all occasions which have appeared in “Instructor” magazine.
Prelutsky, Jack. “The New Kid on the Block.” New York: Scholastic, 1984. Amusing poems by one of the best children’s poets.
“Nightmares: Poems to trouble Your Sleep.” New York: Mulberry Books, 1976. Twelve Poems featuring a vampire, werewolf, ghoul, and other monsters.
ed. “The Random House Book of Poetry for Children.” New York: Random House, 1983. More than 550 poems by American, English, and anonymous authors.
Slier, Deborah. “Make A Joyful Sound: Poems for Children by African-American Poets.” New York: Checkerboard Press, 1992. A collection of poems by Afro-American poets.
Stevenson, Robert Louis. “A Child’s Garden of Verse.” New York: Random House, 1978. A collection of poems evoking the world and feelings of childhood.