Volumes of Verse Help Children Mark National Poetry Month


Ellen Freilich, a writer for Reuters
has written this
for National Poetry Month.

\"April is National Poetry Month, a perfect excuse, if one is needed, to put aside prose and visit
some verse. To help young people observe the occasion, publishers offer an intriguing variety of new
and classic poetry books.\".Many new anthologies, filled with modern and classic poems, are recommended...

\"In ``Jumpety Bumpety Hop: A Parade of Animal Poems\'\' (Puffin Books/Penguin Putnam), Kay Chorao has
assembled 50 animal poems for children from authors ranging from Beatrix Potter to William Cole.

``Days Like This,\'\' a charming collection of small poems selected and gently illustrated by Simon James
(Candlewick Press), is perfect for the youngest poetry lovers.

``It\'s a Woman\'s World: A Century of Women\'s Voices in Poetry,\'\' edited by prolific anthologist Neil Philip
(Dutton Children\'s Books), is a vivid collection of verse by well-known poets and less familiar ones.

``The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children\'s Poems,\'\' edited by poet Donald Hall, offers a sort of
Hall of Fame of poetry written for children by America\'s finest poets. The archival illustrations are intended
to return many poems to the scenes of their origin, Hall writes in a brief preface.

Sail the high seas or meet fire-breathing dragons in ``My First Oxford Book of Poems,\'\' a poetry collection compiled
by John Foster, including work by poets ranging from Shakespeare to Ted Hughes. Illustrations for each poem were
commissioned from a wide variety of artists.\"

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