poetry book list
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Because most poetry (with the exception of some containing adult subject matter) can be enjoyed by a variety of ages, the reading levels for these anthologies are very loose—feel free to read them regardless of age!
Every young child should be exposed to Mother Goose rhymes. There are SO many good collections; it’s just a matter of choosing your favorite illustrator.
The Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry, ed. Bill Martin
The Owl and the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear, illustrated by Jan Brett
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers
When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne
A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus by Jack Prelutsky
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems, ed. Jackie Morris
How to Eat a Poem, ed. The American Poetry and Literacy Project & The Academy of American Poets