It’s National Poetry Month, and I have a confession for y’all. As much as I love poetry, I’m really a much bigger fan of poems written for children that I am of poems written for adults. Poets always seem to add a little more wonder and wittiness to their verses intended for children, and that appeals to the part of my spirit that is forever young.
I’ve read poetry to Ayva since she was born. In fact, I wrote a book of poetry for her as a baby. Now that she’s nearly 4, and is fascinated with language (as most preschoolers are!), I’m looking forward to sharing poetry with her in a much more intentional way. If you have a preschooler, and you’re ready to introduce them to poetry, here are 3 books of poetry that I’d absolutely recommend:
Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield
My goodness, these poems are sweet! Written from the perspective of a young child, these poems touch on themes like love, friendship, and even death, in an earnest and childlike way. The accompanying pictures are so very lovely, too.
Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
I remember when our school library had a waiting list for this book when I was in elementary school. One of my first introductions to poetry, these zany poems with made up words and silly scenarios may have a few poems that go over your preschooler’s head. Don’t worry, they’ll absolutely enjoy the rhythm and cadence of the words, even if they aren’t quite sure what they all mean.
Poetrees by Douglas Florian
You will adore these poems just as much as your preschooler! Silly but sophisticated, quirky and lovely, this collection of poems and beautiful pictures, is filed with super fun rhymes, and will be a great catalyst for questions and conversation about the great outdoors.
Don’t let National Poetry Month pass you by without checking out these books with your preschooler! What are some other poetry books that you’d recommend for little kids? Share with me so I can check them out!