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Rhyme Time: My 3 Favorite Books of Poetry for Preschoolers

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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! 

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  1. It’s been a minute since I’ve had a pre-schooler but we love poetry over here, great suggestions! I remember Where the Sidewalk Ends…

  2. Janeane Davis says:

    Not only are these books good for pre-schoolers, they have also been recommended for my school aged twins! Good job sharing these.

  3. Sarah Mock says:

    We were given the “Honey, I Love You” book as a baby shower present. GREAT book!! I remember ‘Where The Sidewalk Ends’ from my childhood. I loved the illustrations in it as well.

  4. Thanks for the suggestions! I’m holding a preschool potty slam and I will add these to my list.

    • BrandiJeter says:

      A preschool poetry slam? Oh. My. Goodness. That is so cool!!! You’ll have to tell me how it goes so I can borrow some of your ideas!

  5. Joyce Brewer says:

    We don’t have any of these books, so thanks for the recommendation.

  6. Amiyrah Martin says:

    Where the sidewalk ends is my all time favorite kids poetry book. I used to take it out of the library every week when I was in grade school and it encouraged me to get into writing. Great list!

    • BrandiJeter says:

      Thank you, Amiyrah! It was super popular when I was in grade school, too! I think it inspired A LOT of young poets!

  7. Hip Hop Talk says:

    Saw this on http://urbansoundoff.com. Nice work

  8. i wish my nieces and nephew were still into reading as they were when they were little …where the sidewalk ends is classic intro to poetry

  9. Where Does the Sidewalk End was one of my all time favorites as a child! I recently picked up a commemorative copy, which came with a CD. Can’t wait to share it with my 1 1/2 year old! Heck, even before I had a child, I would read this book as an adult. I read a quote once that said a children’s book isn’t good unless you can still enjoy it as an adult. So true!

    • BrandiJeter says:

      That is true, Heather! I adore children and young adult books. Not only do they invoke nostalgia, but they remind me to have fun, you know?