Poetry Speaks to Children (Book & CD) (A Poetry Speaks Experience)

(From Amazon): New York Times Bestseller! In the tradition of Poetry Speaks, the anthology named a Best Book of 2002 by School Library Journal, and praised by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as "a volume to delight longtime lovers of poetry and to spark new love for poetry, especially among the young," Sourcebooks MediaFusion is proud to introduce the joy of the written and spoken word in Poetry Speaks to Children.Parents, educators, librarians, and poetry enthusiasts have wondered for years how to get children really interested in poetry. Until now, there hasn't been a collection of poems and poets that spoke directly to that elusive audience. Poetry Speaks to Children cracks through that barrier by packaging the best poems by the best authors along with a CD-making the engrossing and often mischievous verses come alive in the voices of many of the creators. Poetry Speaks to Children reaches into the world of poetry and pulls out the elements children love: rhyme, rhythm, fun and, every once in a while, a little mischief. More than 90 poems, for children ages six and up, celebrate the written word and feature a star-studded lineup of beloved poets, including: Roald Dahl; J. R. R. Tolkien; Robert Frost; Gwendolyn Brooks; Ogden Nash; John Ciardi; Langston Hughes; Sonia Sanchez; Seamus Heaney; Canada's best-loved children's poet, Dennis Lee; Rita Dove; Billy Collins; Nikki Giovanni and X. J. Kennedy.On the accompanying CD, 50 of the poems are brought to life--most read by the poets themselves--allow the reader to hear the words as the poets intended.Hear Gwendolyn Brooks growl her rhyming verse poem "The Tiger Who Wore White Gloves, or, What You Are You Are" with verve and inflection-relaying the story of the striped cat who "rushed to the jungle fair for something fine to wear," much to the hoots of his jungle peers. Amid jeers, sneers and sighs, the tiger eventually learns to be comfortable in his own striped skin (or fur as it were!). Follow Ogden Nash as he tells of the brave little Isabel, who "didn't worry, didn't scream or scurry" when confronted with a ravenous bear, a one-eyed giant or a troublesome doctor. Her clever solutions to problems ("She turned the witch into milk and drank her") will keep even the most reluctant readers interested. Listen to James Berry, who quells a little girl's anxieties about her color by celebrating the marriage of "night and light," emphasizing how all colors are necessary in nature, in "Okay, Brown Girl, Okay." Turn the page and tune in . . . kids won't be the only ones hooked!


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Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
Early Years - 6th
Sourcebooks MediaFusion


  • 1 The First Book by Rita Dove
  • 2 The Quarrel by Maxine Kumin
  • 3 Letter to Bee by Emily Dickinson
  • 4 Hurt No Living Thing by Christina Rossetti
  • 5 Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
  • 6 Wolf by Billy Collins
  • 7 The Tiger Who Wore White Gloves, Or What You Are by Gwendolyn Brooks
  • 8 The Adventures of Isabel by Ogden Nash
  • 9 On a Flimmering Floom You Shall Ride by Carl Sandburg
  • 10 El Chicle by Ana Castillo
  • 11 The Dentist and the Crocodile by Roald Dahl
  • 12 Bear Song by Kay Ryan
  • 13 Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
  • 14 Sneeze by Maxine Kumin
  • 15 Mrs. Mitchell's Underwear by Dennis Lee
  • 16 Okay, Brown Girl, Okay by James Berry
  • 17 Vowel Owl by John Hollander
  • 18 Magic Words by Anonymous Inuit Poet (translated by Edward Field)
  • 19 The Unwritten by W.S.Merwin
  • 20 Crayons: A Rainbow Poem by Jane Yolen
  • 21 Gas by C.K.Williams
  • 22 Knitted Things by Karla Kuskin
  • 23 ...from Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • 24 Frodo's Song in Bree by J.R.R.Tolkien
  • 25 Eagle Poem by Joy Harjo
  • 26 The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes
  • 27 I Rise, I Rise by Anonymous Osage Poet
  • 28 Verses from The Elephant's Child by Rudyard Kipling
  • 29 Alphabets. part 1 by Seamus Heaney
  • 30 John Smith and His Son John Smith by Wallace Stevens
  • 31 About the Teeth of Sharks by John Ciardi
  • 32 Dinosaur Diets by Jane Yolen
  • 33 My Sister Saw a Dinosaur by Mary Ann Hoberman
  • 34 Joey by Brad Leithauser
  • 35 Rabbit by Mary Ann Hoberman
  • 36 At Last by James Stevenson
  • 37 Epigram Engraved on the Collar of a Dog Which I Gave to His Royal Highness by Alexander Pope
  • 38 Balloons by William Jay Smith
  • 39 Hide and Seek by Robert Graves
  • 40 Every Time I Climb a Tree by David McCord
  • 41 The Reason I Like Chocolate by Nikki Giovanni
  • 42 Trips by Nikki Giovanni
  • 43 Mommies by Nikki Giovanni
  • 44 Lineage by Margaret Walker
  • 45 Snowmen by Agha Shahid Ali
  • 46 Good Luck Gold by Janet S. Wong
  • 47 The Secret Song by Margaret Wise Brown
  • 48 Why? by James Stevenson
  • 49 The Question by Karla Kuskin
  • 50 First Grade by William Stafford
  • 51 Crying by Galway Kinnell
  • 52 Art Class by X.J.Kennedy
  • 53 How to Paint a Donkey by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • 54 Daddy Fell into the Pond by Alfred Noyes
  • 55 Working with Mother by Myra Cohn Livingston
  • 56 A Faery Song by W.B.Yeats
  • 57 The Unicorn by Rainer Marai Rilke
  • 58 The Lion and the Lily by Elizabeth Spires
  • 59 Hist Whist by e.e.cummings
  • 60 The Ghost and Jenny Jemina by Dennis Lee
  • 61 The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  • 62 Sheep Party by John Fuller
  • 63 Jamaican Song by James Berry
  • 64 Halfway Down A.A.Milne
  • 65 Count to Ten and We'll Be There by Rita Dove
  • 66 4 from More Opposites by Richard Wilbur
  • 67 7 from More Opposites by Richard Wilbur
  • 68 20 from Opposites by Richard Wilbur
  • 69 ...from The Tale of Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash
  • 70 Good Hot Dogs by Sandra Cisneros
  • 71 Lies, All Lies by William Cole
  • 72 Which Is the Best? by James Stevenson
  • 73 Casey at the Bat by Ernest L.Thayer
  • 74 The Testing Tree - part 1 by Stanley Kunitz
  • 75 Skating in the Wind by Kristine O'Connell George
  • 76 A Poem for Jesse by Sonia Sanechez
  • 77 to P.J. (2yrs old who sed write a poem for me in Portland, Oregon) by Sonia Sanechez
  • 78 Valentine by Donald Hall
  • 79 Summer by W.D.Snodgrass
  • 80 Winter by W.D.Snodgrass
  • 81 The Sun Has a Tail by Emanuel di Pasquale
  • 82 Knoxville, Tennessee by Nikki Giovanni
  • 83 I am Cherry Alive by Delmore Schwartz
  • 84 The Tyger by William Blake
  • 85 Conversation with a Mouse by Robert Bly
  • 86 On Turning Ten by Billy Collins
  • 87 How to Stay Up Late by X.J.Kennedy
  • 88 Flashlight by X.J.Kennedy
  • 89 Maturity by X.J.Kennedy
  • 90 Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene Field
  • 91 The Land of Counterpane by Robert Lewis Stevenson
  • 92 ...from The Bed Book by Sylvia Plath
  • 93 The Coming of Teddy Bears by Dennis Lee

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