A while ago, I wrote about Robert Louis Stevenson's poem, "Block City," that was made into a picture book by Daniel Kirk. Poetry is a form of writing that every child should be exposed to. It can have, depending on the type of poem and how one reads the poem, a fun cadence and a new way to introduce fresh words. Some poems are prose-like and some prose is so colorful one often describes it as "poetic." But, some poem books are not very accessible to young children.
Reading supporter Jim Trelease highly recommends reading a poem or two to young children daily. Of course, this will help a child grow to appreciate them if you start very young reading one or two from either a picture book anthology or a thick children's poetry book anthology. But, if like me, you don't discover the benefits of reading poetry and your little one is confused when you bust open a poetry anthology, then check out more of these poems-made-into-picture-books books!
Most of these books are longer poems set to pictures. They all help children who are more accustomed with the picture book format to be introduced to wonderful poetry. Here are some remarkable ones:
*The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear, illustrated by Jan Brett
*Casey at the Bat by Ernest L. Thayer, illustrated by C.F. Payne
*Block City by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Daniel Kirk
*Step Out Gently and Sweep Up the Sun by Helen Frost, photographs by Rick Lieder
*Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
*Hi, Koo: A Year of Seasons by Jon J Muth
*Lullaby (for a Black mother) by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Sea Qualls
*Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers
*Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, illustrated by Joseph Low
*America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates, illustrated by Wendell Minor
And of course for the holiday season coming up:
*The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by many folks
*Over the River and Through the Wood by L. Maria Child, illustrated by many folks as well
I'm still hoping to get my son to hear more of The World of Christopher Robin. I guess I should be more regular in my daily readings with him, but these poetry books help as an introduction to the wonderful poem format.