Reading is a great activity to encourage in your child and cuddling up next to them to read to them can be a great way to spend time together. April is national poetry month, celebrating the wonders of verse. Poetry can be quite complex, so we found these children’s books full of simple, imaginative, and fun poems and lyrical verse to read to your little ones.
How to Catch a Mermaid
This poem tells the story of two kids who are determined to catch and befriend an elusive mermaid. They use a few tricks and traps, but are repeatedly outsmarted. Will their undersea adventure be successful?
Dr. Seuss, known for his whimsical fantasy worlds and rhymes, delivers the story of the Once-ler, the Lorax, and Truffula Trees. This is a great story for your nature-inclined child, and you can even watch the movie together after reading the book.
This is a good pick for young kids who are learning how to experience and process their emotions. This poetic story helps children identify some ways to express themselves and what different emotions mean.
Chester is known for his rhyming skills, but one day he loses his ability. Just like Chester’s friends, you and your child can try to help him get back to feeling like himself. As a bonus, there are rhymes hidden throughout the book’s illustrations for more fun.
This book contains nursery rhymes from different parts of the world. They are written in English and in the original language of the region they come from. The different languages and bright pictures are an intriguing introduction to poetry and global cultures.
This collection of illustrated poems invites children to take time to read through, just as if they encountered an art exhibit in someone’s front yard. The collection of original poems are sure to spark curiosity and encourage kids to explore.
Jack Prelutsky was the Poetry Foundation’s first Children's Poet Laureate, so he knows a thing or two about imaginative poems for children. In his collection there are sure to be selections to make your kids laugh and read again and again.
Read-Aloud Poems for Young People: Readings from the World's Best Loved Verses
Introduce your child early to famous poets such as Maya Angelou, Emily Bronte, Edgar Allan Poe, and Walt Whitman, amongst others. They’ll get to hear selections tailored to their level of understanding that may spark a love of poetry in them.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers
Mister Rogers, beloved on-screen neighbor, takes his friendly demeanor to print. This book brightly illustrates the poems that made him one of our most famous friends. If you grew up watching him, then this book will likely be a treat for you, too!