“Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.”

Percy Bysshe Shelley


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Nursery Rhymes

The Real Mother Goose by Blanche Fisher Wright

Mother Goose by Gyo Fujikawa

My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie

Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose by Scott Gustafson

Appley Dapply’s Nursery Rhymes by Beatrix Potter, also Cecily Parsley’s Nursery Rhymes

Single Illustrated Poems

Block City by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Ashley Wolff

Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, illustrated by Susan Jeffers

Mary Had a Little Lamb by Sarah Josepha Hale, illustrated by Tomie dePaola

The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson

My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Glenna Lang

The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear, illustrated by Jan Brett

Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, illustrated by Ted Rand

The Scroobious Pip by Edward Lear, illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers

Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone

The White Cat and the Monk: A Retelling of the poem “Panguar Bán” by Jo Ellen Bogart

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene Field, illustrated by Johanna Westerman or Barbara Cooney

Illustrated Collections

A Brighter Garden by Emily Dickinson, selected by Karen Ackerman and illustrated by Tasha Tudor

A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Tasha Tudor or Jessie Willcox Smith

The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker

First Poems of Childhood by Tasha Tudor

Hailstones and Halibut Bones: Adventures in Poetry and Color by Mary O’Neill

The Llama Who Had No Pajama: 100 Favorite Poems by Mary Ann Hoberman

My First Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne (board book)

Poems and Prayers for the Very Young by Martha Alexander

Poems to Read to the Very Young by Josette Frank, illustrated by Eloise Wilkin

Poetry for Young People series

Rainy Day Rhymes by Gail Radley, illustrated by Ellen Kandoian

A Wreath of Christmas Legends by Phyllis McGinley

Comprehensive Collections

Favorite Poems Old and New by Helen Ferris

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Illustration: Jessie Willcox Smith, from A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (1905)