The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children's Poems

(From Amazon): American children's poetry began with Native American cradle songs, moved on to a rhymed alphabet, blossomed in the 19th century with "A Visit from St. Nicholas," expanded widely in the 20th century, and continues with vigor into the new millennium. Some of the best of these poems, however, have been neglected or forgotten. This collection, edited by acclaimed children's author and poet Donald Hall, returns to us the forgotten treasures of American children's poetry. Featuring some of the best of children's book illustration-including archival selections from rare and early editions and pictures from now defunct 19th- and early-20th-century children's magazines-this anthology revives not only the classic poems but also the atmosphere of the periods in which they were written and read.Starting with anonymous Native American verses and a selection from the 1727 New England Primer, "Alphabet," this book spans two centuries of American children's poetry. Immediately recognizable names, including Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, and T. S. Eliot are joined by talented contemporary poets like Gwendolyn Brooks, Sandra Cisneros, Janet S. Wong, and others. Perennial favorites-such as "The Three Little Kittens" and "Casey at the Bat"-are mixed in with new classics, such as Shel Silverstein's "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out." Poems about holidays appear with verses for recitation, nursery rhymes, poems for laughter, bedtime verses, scary poems, and animal poems. In recognition of America's diverse nature, the selections in this anthology reflect a variety of backgrounds and experiences. From anonymous African-American poets we step forward through the ages to admire the talents of Langston Hughes, Sonia Sanchez, and Francisco X. Alarc�n. Children will love discovering these gems, and both parents and teachers will delight in reading to children from this book.

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Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
Early Years - 6th
Oxford University Press, USA


  • 1 Chant to the Fire-Fly
  • 2 She Will Gather Roses
  • 3 Mother's Song to a Baby
  • 4 Alphabet
  • 5 A Visit from St. Nicholas
  • 6 The Three Little Kittens
  • 7 Mary's Lamb
  • 8 The Cow-Boy's Song
  • 9 The New-England Boy's Song about Thanksgiving Day
  • 10 Fable
  • 11 The Village Blacksmith
  • 12 Barbara Frietchie
  • 13 The Blind Men and the Elephant
  • 14 I'm nobody, who are you?
  • 15 There is no frigate like a book
  • 16 The Twins
  • 17 The Lazy Pussy
  • 18 The Mouse's Lullaby
  • 19 The Camel's Complaint
  • 20 Little Orphant Annie
  • 21 The Origin of the Snake
  • 22 Wynken, Blynken and Nod
  • 23 Antonio
  • 24 Eletelephony
  • 25 The Ostrich Is a Silly Bird
  • 26 The Considerate Crocodile
  • 27 Casey at the Bat
  • 28 I Wish That My Room Had a Floor
  • 29 The Purple Cow
  • 30 Habits of the Hippopotamus
  • 31 The Last Word of a Bluebird
  • 32 Fog
  • 33 We Must Be Polite
  • 34 The Little Turtle
  • 35 The Moon's the North Wind's Cooky
  • 36 The Rabbit
  • 37 Macavity: The Mystery Cat
  • 38 Counting-Out Rhyme
  • 39 No Shop Does the Bird Use
  • 40 Song of the Rabbits outside the Tavern
  • 41 in Just
  • 42 Something Told the Wild Geese
  • 43 Books Fall Open
  • 44 Adventures of Isabel
  • 45 The Panther
  • 46 Mother to Son
  • 47 April Rain Song
  • 48 Hope
  • 49 Incident
  • 50 Too Many Daves
  • 51 Tiolet Against Sisters
  • 52 The Sloth
  • 53 Dinky
  • 54 About the Teeth of Sharks
  • 55 Catch a Little Rhyme
  • 56 Michael Is Afraid of the Storm
  • 57 The Floor and the Ceiling
  • 58 Cardinal Ideograms
  • 59 Some Opposites
  • 60 One Winter Night in August
  • 61 The Folk Who Live in Backward Town
  • 62 The Witches' Ride
  • 63 Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out
  • 64 The King of Cats Sends a Postcard to His Wife
  • 65 To P.J.
  • 66 listen children
  • 67 The Pancake Collector
  • 68 Castanet Clicks
  • 69 Tall Walking Woman
  • 70 Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 71 Ode to Senor Leal's Goat
  • 72 Laughing Tomatoes
  • 73 Morning Sun
  • 74 Good Hot Dogs
  • 75 Good Luck Gold
  • 76 One to Ten

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