Beautiful Children's Poetry Books

Every child's library should contain at least one or two books of poetry. These particular books are all beautifully-designed as well as thoughtfully-edited, making them both aesthetically-pleasing and useful additions to any bookshelf:

The Everyman Anthology of Poetry for Children

This collection, compiled by British children's author Gillian Avery, shares Sparrow Tree Square's approach of incorporating many poems that were not written specifically for children but still appeal to young readers. The anthology is divided into several themed chapters and contains a mix of older and more modern poetry.




Lullabies and Poems for Children

Also from Everyman's Library, this small-format hardcover volume in the Pocket Poetry stands out for its first half, a collection of traditional lullabies from cultures around the world. There are also numerous poems for or appropriate for children in the second half, mostly of the humorous variety. A brief section in the middle titled "Welcome, Stranger" may be skipped by parents and children uncomfortable with the physical details of birth, which are addressed in a handful of modern poems in this section.



A Child's Garden of Verses: A Classic Illustrated Edition

Robert Louis Stevenson's poetry collection for children is a perennial classic, but it can be difficult deciding which illustrator's edition to choose out of the many wonderful options available. If you can't make up your mind, try Chronicle Books' edition with a variety of vintage illustrations selected by Cooper Edens. It includes work by some of the most famous artists to illustrate the book, like Jessie Wilcox Smith, as well as work by more obscure illustrators.