So now that I’ve got you hooked on the idea of Poetry Teatime, you may be wondering what are some good books to start with? Here is a list of some of our favorites!
1. Heart to Heart edited by Jan Greenberg
This book is a beautiful combination of both art and poetry. Each poem is paired up with a piece of 20th century American art for your little ones to ponder as you read. This is a treasure trove for Charlotte Mason enthusiasts!
2. Cornstalks, A Bushel of Poems by James Stevenson
A quirky collection of fun poetry that leaves kids thinking about the sometimes ironic meaning behind each poem and picture. It offers fresh perspective on poetry and will leave you both wondering and smiling.
3. A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
4.The Random House Book of Poetry
This treasury, which is illustrated by Arnold Lobel, is loaded with over 570 poems to read to your kids! It is perfect for finding poems on nature, the seasons, holidays, pets or nearly any topic a child would be interested in.
5. A Stick Is An Excellent Thing by Marilyn Singer
Poems celebrating outdoor play, I fell the moment I first read that description! Anything that celebrates being out in nature is right up my ally and I knew we would love it. The pictures are bold and beautiful. The poetry will bring you back to your favorite memories of playing outside as a small child.
6. Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz
These stories are a collection of characters from the Middle Ages who are telling their stories in poetic form. Many of the stories are quite telling of what it took to survive during medieval times. Many will make you laugh and some will make you cry!
7. The Usborne Illustrated Stories From Shakespeare
Six of Shakespeare’s plays written on a level a child can read on their own. The pictures are lovely and the stories captivate readers at a young age! Sometimes we will add this to our poetry teatime and other moments I will find my oldest little reading them out loud to her siblings!
8. Surprises by Lee Bennett Hopkins
This is part of the I Can Read series which is wonderful! A collection of poems my kids can read so they can begin practicing reading poetry out loud. I love hearing them begin to pause and reflect as they read these fun poems to each other. What a joy to have kids reading poetry at such a young age!
I hope you enjoy some of these recommendations!
We certainly have.
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