A picky children's book list (Poetry)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


A couple of weeks ago I went through and uncluttered our overflowing children's bookshelf. Our girls have so many books and our collection all started with my very first baby shower with Sophia being a "bring a children's" book theme. As much as I love a bookshelf full of books, I love a bookshelf full of selective and the best kind of books. Its more important to read good books than just a lot of books.

Sophia and Zelie are blessed to go to a classical education school that shared with me a great list of books (a 1000 books to be exact!). I feel so fortunate to hold and know such a list. The best thing about classical literature is that you can read and reread them a dozen times and it never feels old. I feel like those are the best kind of books, the ones you can read and reread from your first baby to your last baby at home, and then maybe hold onto to read to grandkids one day. This summer, I went through this list and ordered one after another on amazon as Sophia finished them. She loved them and I secretly loved it even more.

Once a week Sophia and Zelie go on a small field trip to the public library with their class (its just literally right across the street, how lucky is that?!). They get a private story time from the librarian and then they get to borrow a book or two. Last week was the first time they got to borrow books and Sophia came home and asked me for some ideas on some good books to borrow for next time. I was surprised that she didn't want free range to borrow anything she wanted (especially those awful barbie books). A girl after my own heart.

Now onto that great big book list! I will break this book list up into a couple different blog entries sharing picture books, easy readers and chapter books. But first, poetry!

Anthologies & Poetry Grades 1-3 (but also great read alouds from a very young age)
1. A Apple Pie and Nursery Rhymes by Kate Greenaway
2. Aesop for Children illustrated by Milo Winter
3. Children's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
4. Children's Treasury of Verses by William Bennett
5. Rhymes and Verses: Collected Poems for Children by Walter de la Mare
6. Fables by Arnold Lobel
7. Favorite Poems of Childhood by Philip Smith
8. Happy Prince and Other Fairy Tales by Oscar Wilde
9. James Herriot's Treasury of Children by James Herriot
10. McGuffy's Primer, Pictorial Primer, & First Reader by William MCGuffey
11. Moral Tales by Maria Edgeworth
12. Best-Loved Fairy Tales by Walter Crane
13. Nonsense Poems and others by Edward Lear
14. Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne
15. Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes by Marguerite de Angeli
16. Once On A Time by A. A. Milne
17. Parent's Assistant by Maria Edgeworth
18. Poems to Read to the Very Young by Josette Frank
19. Read Mother Goose illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright
20. Ruth Ainsworth Book by Ruth Ainsworth
21. Songs of Childhood by Walter de la Mare
22. When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne

One of the great things about Poetry is that kids love it and they memorize them so quickly! My girls learn, recite, and memorize a poem weekly at school. And they love it! Its so sweet to see them recite them at home.

Is there any poetry books that I have missed that you love? Please share them with me. We have several of these poetry books and when we were homeschooling I would read a poem or two while we ate lunch. It was always short and sweet and the girls really loved lunch and poetry time. I will be planning to share with you classical picture books and chapter books in another blog post.

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