11 Beautiful Books of Poetry for Children
If we arrive eager to lap up language, hungry to make our tongues work the magic of speaking, why not read something that begs to be spoken aloud? Why not read that which rises to the occasion and sings music to the ear, with rhythm and rhyme, sound and metaphor? Gertrude Stein said, “Why should a sequence of words be anything but a pleasure?” Indeed, why not?
I mean poetry. Perfect for little ears keened to language. And with poetry written with children in mind, humor is often an added musical note.
National Poetry month this fine month of April with its splendid spring light and new green. In the words of Mother Goose, “Girls and boys, come out to play, The moon doth shine as bright as day; Leave your supper, and leave your sleep, And come with your playfellows into the street.”
Leave Your Sleep, by Natalie Merchant and Barbara McClintock infuses new life into classical poetry with Merchant’s wonderful musical renderings. Nineteen songs on a CD that accompanies the book–one for each poem– including Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Land of Nod,” Ogden Nash’s “Adventures of Isabel,” Rands’ “Topsyturvey-World,” and e.e. cumming’s “Maggie and milly and molly and may.” Merchant writes in her introduction that these poems formed the long conversation between her daughter and herself in the early years, poems that taught her daughter about language and human nature and the necessary nonsense to challenge the natural order of things. “Poetry speaks of so much: longing and sadness, joy and beauty, hope and disillusionment,” writes Merchant in the introduction. “These are the things that make a childhood, that time when we wake up to the great wonders and small terrors of our world.”
Ages 5-9 | Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux | November 13, 2012
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