Written by Barbara Ireson – Illustrated by Anne Axworthy
This is a very small but incredibly well-written book of silly poems about dinosaurs. Better than the vast majority of children’s poetry that I see these days. VERY hard to find, but worth looking for, especially for a child who loves dinosaurs.
Walking the Bridge of Your Nose: Wordplay, Poems and Rhymes
Written by Michael Rosen – Illustrated by Chloë Cheese
Michael Rosen has produced a fantastic book of poetry which employs tongue-twisters, wordplay, and other linguistic tricks. Kids will enjoy both the hilarious poems and the introduction to some of the wonders of language.
Sing a Song of Popcorn: Every Child’s Book of Poems
Selected by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, Eva Moore, Mary Michaels White, and Jan Carr – Illustrated by Marcia Brown, Leo & Diane Dillon, Richard Egielski, Trina Schart Hyman, Arnold Lobel, Maurice Sendak, Marc Simont, and Margot Zemach
A wonderful cornerstone to any child’s collection of poetry books. Included are poems from children’s favourites like Mary Ann Hoberman and classic authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson and Langston Hughes, with pictures by beloved illustrators from Arnold Lobel (“Frog and Toad”) to Maurice Sendak (“Where the Wild Things Are”). The poems are cleverly divided into nine themes, including “Story Poems” and “Mostly Nonsense”.