We went to the library last weekend and came upon a display of poetry books. I didn't remember that April is poetry month, but it is. So I picked up a couple books to read with M. I was glad to see C reading the first one on his own one day. He seemed to enjoy the poems as well.
It's Raining Pigs and Noodles by Jack Prelutsky is a fantastic book of poems! First, it's huge. The version we have is a very thick and heavy hardcover, packed full of rhyming poems. The range of subjects covered in the poems is varied, but most are quite silly. Our favorite is "I am Winding through a Maze," which is written in an image of a maze. You have to read in all different directions to get to the end of the poem ~ and the end of the maze. If you're looking for a poetry book that will pull kids in and entertain them, this is definitely the book to choose.
Little Dog Poems by Kristine O'Connell George because the poems are very short and simple, so I figured M could read some of them herself. I ended up reading the book through the first time, and she really liked the poems. They are all about a little dog, and are written from the perspective of a little girl. I think kids who have dogs or are around dogs may enjoy it even more, though ~ M couldn't relate to some of the things the dog did. But she still enjoyed it. And this is a good choice if you're looking to show kids that poems don't have to rhyme. I don't think any of the poems in this book rhyme.
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