Book Hunters in Brief #120: Children's Poetry for National Poetry Month

Not only is it a fairly inarguable fact that children and young adults write the best poetry, they are also--for many of the same reasons--the best readers of poetry. In both cases, their abilities have to do with an intuitive sense of possibilities: in language, in imagination, in life and the world around them. It is also a fairly inarguable fact that the world would be a better, or at least more interesting, place if more of us could carry a child's poetic sensibility into adulthood. We just don't, for many, probably valid, reasons. Heck, most kids who grow up to be poets can't even manage it. But this week, Book Hunters invites you to get back in touch with that part of yourself and/or to nurture it in your little ones with this selection of poetry for kids in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Haiku! Gesundeit: An Illustrated Collection of Ridiculous Haiku Poetry by Ross Venokur; illustrated by Kenny Scharf

The Wild Book by Margarita Engle (bilingual novel in verse)

The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects / selected by Paul B. Janeczko; illustrated by Chris Raschka

My Village: Rhymes from Around the World  collected by Danielle Wright; illustrated by Mique Moriuchi

My Feet Are Laughing by Lissette Norman; pictures by Frank Morrison 

One Big Rain: Poems for Rainy Days compiled by Rita Gray; illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke

You say you wear your world-weary cynicism as a badge of honor and that you haven't played the bongos since college? We say the world needs adults, too. Just visit Book Hunters, tell us what you like and don't like to read and we'll compile a reading list with no rhyme, but plenty of reason, just for you.



Unfortunately, adults with

Unfortunately, adults with age lose children's innocence and insight look at the surrounding world. Adults have much to learn from children. Then the world would be better.

Well said! Thanks for the

Well said! Thanks for the comment! We hope to hear from you again.