New poetry booklist

Stardines Swim Across the Sky

In honor of National Poetry Month, we’ve compiled a list of poetry books for a wide range of ages, all recently published and recommended by The Horn Book Magazine. There’s something for everyone: anthologies and verse narratives; silly poetry and serious poetry; love poems and lullabies; free verse, formal verse, and brand-new verse forms. What […]

Recommended poetry

Put and other Animal Poems

The books recommended below were all published within the last several years and reviewed by The Horn Book Magazine. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.   Preschool Suggested grade level for each entry: PS Lots of Spots by Lois Ehlert (Simon/Beach Lane) Frequently funny poems, rhymes, and the occasional […]

Five questions for Marilyn Singer

Photo: Laurie Gaboard, The Litchfield County Times

Marilyn Singer had already demonstrated considerable versatility of poetic talents when in 2010 she debuted a new verse form in Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse (6–10 years, Dutton). This year she is back with a companion, Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems (6–10 years, Dial; both books illustrated by Josée Masse), in […]

“Because poetry and hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you”*

Lullaby (For a Black Mother) by Langston Hughes

*from The House at Pooh Corner Poetry can be used to examine and celebrate the world we live in and the worlds we invent. A great way to observe National Poetry Month is to share the following exemplary poetry books for young children featuring the calming rhythms of lullaby, the humorous juxtaposition of portmanteaux, the […]

Review of Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems

Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems by Marilyn Singer

Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems by Marilyn Singer; 
illus. by Josée Masse Primary    Dial    32 pp. 2/13    978-0-8037-3769-3    $16.99    g “It’s not easy,” warns Singer in a note about the “reverso,” a verse form she created and first used in Mirror Mirror (rev. 3/10); and the first poem (“Fairy Tales”) in this companion […]

Leave Your Sleep: Natalie Merchant on Childhood

Leave Your Sleep

While marketed as a two-volume music CD with an accompanying booklet, Natalie Merchant’s Leave Your Sleep might be better understood as a fascinating anthology of children’s poetry accompanied by biographical notes and two CDs on which each of the twenty-six poems is set to music. But it is even more than that. Leave Your Sleep […]