Poetry for Young Learners

Snapshot_20110301_17April is National Poetry Month, and Candlewick Press has some new titles perfect for exposing children aged 8 and under to poetic language.

A Primer About the Flag, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka and written by Marvin Bell is a short poem that will be sure to get children thinking and asking questions.Snapshot_20110301_18

A Primer About the Flag touches on just about every kind of flag, from little flags that pop out of a gun and say BANG, to flags on the moon.


In the Wild, written by David Elliott and illustrated by Holly Meade, is a simple and striking book depicting wild animals in bold wood block prints.

I think these illustrations are amazing, and the short poems about each animal make this book a great resource for exposing children to both art and poetry.


Snapshot_20110301_21I am a 3K preschool teacher, and I brought Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems to school to share with my class as a part of our study of "daytime and night time routines". After reading some of the 60 poems to the students, I fell in love with the book and took it back home to keep it safe, share with my offspring, and possibly read myself to sleep (if needed).

The poems in Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems were collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters and illustrated by G. Brian Karas.


I enjoy Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems as an adult, but I think they are a great option for little ones ages 0 to 5.

When you just need a quick bedtime reading, you can call upon a poem or two, then send your little one off to dreamland.

All of these poem-tastic titles are from Candlewick Press.


3 Responses

  1. Janelle
    Janelle April 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm |

    Hooray for National Poetry Month! I love the look of the book with the wood block print illustrations.

  2. Davene Grace
    Davene Grace April 6, 2011 at 8:16 pm |

    Hi, CanCan! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog; it’s nice to “meet” you. :)

    All of those books look great, and I’m going to check my library’s online catalog to see if we have them yet. Since I have some little people around me, these would be great for us. Thanks for introducing me to them!

  3. Nicole Feliciano
    Nicole Feliciano April 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm |

    Thanks for this list, my 5 y.o. is now consumed with poetry. We will look for these–especially the flag one.

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