Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks. ~ Dr. Seuss

next page next page close

Forest Has A Song : Poems

Forest Has A Song : Poems
by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater (Author), Robbin Gourley (Illustrator)

A world of nature through poetry

A book of poem for kids

Forest has a Song is an invitation to explore nature through the eyes of a child. Listen to the pine-cones fall,  read the “Forest News” in the tracks left in the forest snow and find the squirrels secret hiding place. We loved reading these gentle rhyming poems for kids. Expertly written, the poems move through all the seasons in the forest.

Forest Has A Song Cover April Waking Poems for kids


Amy VanDerwater writes these poems from her memories of childhood in the forests of Adirondacks. As a child she would hike into the forests and study the trees, birds and other forest creatures. She listened to the sounds and imagined what they were. These sounds and calls became the basis for these beautiful poems.

Gourley’s illsutrations are soft watercolor paintings, capturing the greens of the forests, leaves and critters and at the same time capturing the yellows and browns of the fall and winter. This warm colorful book will truly “invite” you into the forest.

Forest Has A Song - Poems for kids


Snippet: Poem “Song” 

Silence in Forest never lasts long.
is everywhere
mixing in
with piney air.
Forest has a song.

Amy’s gentle poems for kids will entrance child and parent. Every poem in this book will invite you outdoors, to welcome nature and nurture it by creating your own memories.. just like Amy did.

Highly recommended!

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books

next page next page close

The Spider and the Fly

The Spider and the Fly
by Mary Howitt (Author), Tony DiTerlizzi (Author, Illustrator)

A Cautionary Poem

Most of us have listened, read or heard this legendary poem by Howitt. But Tony DiTerlizzi puts a fantastic spin to it. Through his brilliant black and white gouache and pencil art, Tony reproduces this work in a duotone.

The Spider and the fly 6

The paintings look positively spooky and downright evil!

The Spider and the fly 2

The characters are complete with the 1920’s attire. Seated in a Victorian seat, the spider stares down at the fly dressed in her Victorian era outfit complete with a flower umbrella.

The Spider and the fly 1

Halloween or not, you will love reading this spidery tale of catch me if you can. The story is about a spider who notices a lonely vulnerable fly and tries to woo her. The fly at first is very cautious but later falls to his charms.

Rarely do you find a recreation worthy of praise. This sophisticated poetry book will appeal to one and all, and especially to those fans of Poe and Burton!

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books

next page next page close

Custard and Company

Custard and Company
by Ogden Nash (Author/Poet), Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

Tickle your funny bone!

An illustrated collection of 80 + humorous poems on variety of topics like animals, food and life! From the simplest verse appealing to children “ There goes the Wapiti, Hippety-hoppity!” to verses like “Children aren’t happy with nothing to ignore, And that’s what parents were created for…” there are numerous poems to please everyone in the family. Ogden Nash’s unconventional rhymes and droll verse makes him one of the country’s most popular humorous poets.

Custard and Company 3

Custard and Company 2

Ogden Nash verses are super silly and an enormous fun to read out aloud! The typical black and white art from Quentin Blake provide visual humor to these poems. It has been a big hit with our family, picking and laughing at few verses every day.

Here’s one of my favorites:-

Custard and Company 1

If you have enjoyed Shel Silverstein poems, then this collection is a must read!

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books

next page next page close

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar!

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar!
by J.Patrick Lewis (Compiler)


If there is one Poetry Book that you MUST have in your personal bookshelf, National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry will be that book. A gorgeous collection of poems on animals coupled with some amazing wild life photography, this book is pure Genius! As usual National Geographic photography makes for a visual treat. But the beauty is further enhanced by some wonderful animal poetry. You will find verse in many styles, from haiku to typical rhymes. Poets such as Emily Dickenson and Robert Frost share space with more modern day poets such as Janet Wong and J. Patrick Lewis.

It is no wonder then that the book has received many awards..

Best Poetry Book of 2012 -Bank Street Books

Best Children’s Books of 2012 – Kirkus Reviews

Top Children’s Books of 2012 – New York Public Library

One of the 100 Magnificent Children’s Books of 2012 – Fuse 8

CYBLIS’ Poetry Finalist! and many many more..

This 192 pages, giant sized book has 200 poems on animals both well known and some lesser known animals. The book is divided into sections:

(A) Welcome to the world – From birth to young animals

(B) The big ones – On big animals like elephants, hippos, bears.

(C) The little ones – On caterpillars, insects and other little ones

(D) The winged ones – On Birds

(E) The water ones – Fishes, Dolphins, Crabs

(F) The stranger ones – Centipedes, Armadillos, Piranhas and a Baby Porcupette!

(G) The noisy ones – Lions, Hyenas

(H) The quiet ones – Rabbits, Snakes

(I) Final Thought – On the World that we share with Animals

I wish there was 1 favorite poem for me to share Here are a few to give you a sneak peek:

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry Tickle Rhyme

The Tickle Rhyme by Ian Serraillier

“Who’s that tickling my back?” aid that wall,

“Me” said a small Caterpillar.

“I’m learning To crawl.”

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry White Egret

The Parrot by Anonymous

I am the pirate’s parrot,

I sail the seven seas

And sleep inside the crow’s nest

Don’t look for me in trees!

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry Cow

The Purple Cow by Gelett Burgess

I never saw a Purple Cow,

I never hope to see one,

But I can tell you anyhow,

I’d rather see than be one.

We loved this Poetry book collection. We already have a few favorites and we have read those over and over again.  This is THE perfect book.. buy it, keep it, gift it!

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books

next page next page close

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse
by Marilyn Singer (Author), Josee Masse (Illustrator)

Poetry + Fairy Tales –> Modern Take!

Mix poetry with fairy tales and you are immediately hooked! But what is special about this book? Read the poem in 2 ways:  Up and Down. Read it from top to bottom (traditional and the usual way) and then read the same poem from bottom to top! Not only is it fun.. but it also has a completely different meaning! Ingenious!

Mirror Mirror inside

In “The Doubtful Duckling” poem, the duckling dreams of turning into a beautiful swan. But read it the other way around, and it simply cannot believe that the ugliness will ever change. In the poem “Mirror Mirror”, Snow White narrates the poem and looks out for her new friends, the dwarves. But read the same poem in reverse: The witch is enticing Snow White to eat the apple! Don’t believe it?

Mirror Mirror In the Hood



In my hood, After all, Grandma’s waiting,                      
skipping through the wood, mustn’t dawdle…
carrying a basket, But a girl!
picking berries to eat – What a treat –
juicy and sweet juicy and sweet,
what a treat! picking berries to eat,
But a girl carrying a basket,
mustn’t dawdle. skipping through the wood
After all, Grandma’s waiting                     in my ‘hood.

Can you guess the name of this story? And notice how the poem has as different meaning when read exactly in reverse? Smile

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books

next page next page close

Winter Eyes

Winter Eyes
by Douglas Florian (Author, Illustrator)

Small Quiet Poems

Look at winter with winter eyes” says Douglas Florian in his opening poem in this book. His 48 poems draw out the beauty of winter in different places and different spaces. Winter is sometimes a windy song, and other times a song of hail. Winter is sweet scent of black birch and rustling oak leaves, crackling ice and sloshy wet sleet.

Florian’s poems have a natural rhythm and rhyme. This is very appealing to children. His short one page poems highlight simple ideas on Winter and the easy text is enjoyable even to 4 or 5 year olds. Florian illustrates his poems in watercolors which adds to the “winter charm”. A lovely collection of poems. We read and re-read this many times over.

Winter Eyes inside

Poem: The Winter Tree

The winter tree
is fast asleep.
She dreams, in reams
Of snow knee-deep,
Of children climbing
Up her trunk,
Of white-tailed deer
And gray chipmunk,
Of picnics,
And short-sleeves,
 And leaves
  And leaves
   And leaves
    And leaves.

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books

next page next page close

Hummingbird Nest

Hummingbird Nest
by Kristine O’Connell George (Author), Barry Moser (Illustrator)

A Journal of Poems

This book really is a journal. A journal of a little hummingbird that makes a nest and has babies. For two months a family keeps track and gets a sneak peek into the daily activities of mother bird and her babies. How she builds her nest and where, how she sits on her eggs and how the little babies come into this world. Reading in poetry form makes this book even more special! We loved exploring about the life of an hummingbird and has inspired us to welcome birds come spring in our backyard.

Hummingbird Nest inside

Hopefully we will write some poems too!

Poem: Crack!

lying within those
woven walls of home,
under a feathered roof,
next to that warm smooth stone.
Did you think you were all alone?
that stone
cracked in two.
Suddenly, there was another,
perhaps a sister, maybe a brother.
Who is this, lying next to you?

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books

next page next page close

Vile Verses

Vile Verses
by Roald Dahl (Author, Poet)

Ghoulish Rhymes!

Roald Dahl is best known for his many well loved children stories such as Willy Wonka/Chocolate Factory and James/Giant Peach. So when we found this book in the library, we were pleasantly surprised to see all his poetry in one book. This is a collection of poems from his many books as well as some originals. We loved reading some really hilarious, some really playful verses. The book is aptly named, so watch out as you read about The Tummy Beast or The Grobes or the delicious “nasties” in the “Poisonous Possibilities” section! The Vile Verses are covered in 7 sections:

  • Part 1: There are Things to see and Do
  • Part 2: Best Behavior
  • Part 3: Unlikely Creatures
  • Part 4: Poisonous Possibilities
  • Part 5: Look Who’s Here
  • Part 6: All Together Now
  • Part 7: And a Few Surprises

The book has been illustrated by a slew of artists very cleverly. I cannot tell you whether my daughter enjoyed it more or I.

Vile Verses Snow white

Snippet: Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs:

When little Snow-White’s mother died,
The king, her father, up and cried,
“Oh, what a nuisance! What a life!
Now I must find another wife!
(It’s never easy for a king
To find himself that sort of thing.)
He wrote to every magazine
And said, “I’m looking for a Queen.”
At least ten thousand girls replied
And begged to be the royal bride.
The king said with a shifty smile,
“I’d like to give each one a trial.”

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books

next page next page close

The Random House Book of Poetry for Children

The Random House Book of Poetry for Children
selected by Jack Prelutsky, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator)

” A Generous Collection”

This is a collection of 500+ poems for children of all ages. Basically an anthology, The Random house book of Poetry is a great addition to your child’s home library. The book has poems for all occasions and ages.  Poems are divided into sections:

  • Nature
  • Four Seasons
  • Dogs and Cats and Bears and Bats
  • The way of living things
  • City oh City!
  • Children, Children Everywhere
  • Me I Am!
  • Home! You’re where its warm inside
  • I’m hungry
  • Some People I Know
  • Nonsense! Nonsense!
  • Alphabet Stew
  • Where Gooblins Dwell
  • The Land of potpourri

This book is complete with Arnold Lobel’s super simple illustrations. Your child will enjoy this book for years to come. Want to know our favorite?

Adventures of Isabel

Isabel met an enormous bear,
Isabel, Isabel didn’t care;
The bear was hungry, the bear was ravenous,
The bear’s big mouth was cruel and cavernous,
The bear said, Isabel,glad to meet you,
How do, Isable, now I’ll eat you!
Isabel, Isabel didn’t worry,
Isabel didn’t scream or scurry.
She washed her hands and she straightened her hair up,
then Isabel quietly ate the bear up……

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books

next pagenext page
thumbnail Forest Has A Song : Poems article post
thumbnail The Spider and the Fly article post
thumbnail Custard and Company article post
thumbnail National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar! article post
thumbnail Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse article post
thumbnail Winter Eyes article post
thumbnail Hummingbird Nest article post
thumbnail Vile Verses article post
thumbnail The Random House Book of Poetry for Children article post