Poetry for ChildrenSome poetry is written specifically for children. But that’s not true of the poems in this series of poetry for children. While the series offered by Sterling Publishing is aimed at young readers from ages 8 and up, the poets weren’t all writing with children in mind. Each book in the series includes the poems of one particular well-known poet and starts with a three or four-page introduction to that poet, allowing children to see how the poet’s life influenced his or her poetry. The books are also beautifully illustrated. Some of the books seem to be directed more toward younger children, while others seem to be directed more toward older children. But the poems and the illustrations in each of the books will appeal to most any child; even middle school children will enjoy these books.

 


Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson (Paperback)


Emily Dickenson was a quiet and rather reclusive woman. She was also delicately sensitive, which is why I think her poetry appeals to many gifted kids, even the boys. Like most poetry, the poems in the book can be read at many levels of understanding. Younger children will read at a basic level, older children at another, and so on. Even adults who read the poems can get more with each reading. Some of Dickenson’s poems were riddles and the poems of these type are illustrated in a way that the pictures give the answers.
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Poetry for Young People: William Shakespeare (Paperback)


Shakespeare for kids? Yes. Definitely. The book includes some of Shakespeare’s beautiful sonnets like “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” as well as some excerpts from his plays, including Hamlet’s soliloquy “To Be or Not to Be.” It seems like pretty heady stuff for youngsters, but the editor of the book provides a brief explanation before each poem or excerpt as well as a brief glossary after each one. It is a wonderful way to introduce kids to the language of Shakespeare as well as his perceptions of human nature with themes of power, loyalty, and greed, and more. Rather than being turned off by Shakespeare, your children will want more.
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Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou (Hardcover)


This book contains 25 of Angelou’s poems. She had a difficult and interesting youth with many experiences being the result of her racial heritage. Her poems deal with her stuggles and those of many African-Americans, but they are also inspiring. Everyone, regardless of race, will respond to messages of spiritual strength and hope for the future.
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Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes (Hardcover)


Langston Hughes was a well-known poet of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 30s. The 26 poems in this book address the concerns about race and social justice in those days and are as relevant today as they were then. His poems reflect his personal life and the urban experience and turn black oral and musical traditions into poetry.
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Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost (Paperback)


This book contains 25 of Frost’s poems about nature, arranged according to the seasons. While readers can take the poems literally and often do, there is more than one way to interpret the poems and some of the possibilities are provided in a brief note at the end of each poem. These notes can help children understand the depth of meaning in poetry.
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Poetry for Young People: Lewis Carroll (Paperback)


With fantastic characters and enchanting language, Lewis Carroll created magical wonderlands children have always loved to visit. These 26 selections from his classic works have never lost their fascination. Open the covers of this beautifully illustrated collection and take a magical journey through selections from his classic works, including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, The Hunting of the Snark, and Sylvie and Bruno. Humorous paintings by Eric Copeland gloriously depict both the beloved and fantastic characters—from the fearsome Jabberwock to the wacky Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
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Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman (Hardcover)


A 2018 Notable Poetry Book for Children (National Council of Teachers of English)

Introduce your children to the beautiful words of classic American poet, Walt Whitman. Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman makes the work engaging and easy to understand.


Walt Whitman is considered by many to be one of the most prolific poets in American history. What better time to introduce your children to the written word than now?

This collection of thirty-five of Walt's best works has been carefully curated for kids. Each piece of work is lovingly illustrated, and are both presented and explained by New York University professor Karen Karbenier, PhD, a primary authority Whitman's poetry.

Walt Whitman includes enlightening commentary for each poem, definitions of key words, and a foreword by the expert so that kids, or even parents new to poems, will understand.

Starting off with "I Hear America Singing," the collection includes excerpts from "Song of Myself," "O Captain! My Captain!", poems from Leaves of Grass, and many more thought-provoking, descriptive, and kid-friendly selections.

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Poetry for Young People: Edgar Allan Poe (Paperback)


The creator of unforgettable tales of horror that remain classics to this day, Edgar Allan Poe may be best-known as a nineteenth-century short-story writer, but he was also a great poet who composed verses that expressed his emotions and feelings. More than twenty of his poems are brought to a new generation of readers with colorful illustrations and easy-to-understand notes that will encourage the enjoyment and appreciation of a great talent. Selections include the famous, spine-tingling “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee.”
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Some poetry is written specifically for children. But that's not true of the poems in this series of poetry for children. While the series offered by Sterling Publishing is aimed at young readers from ages 8 and up, the poets weren't all writing with children in mind. Each book...