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Charles Ghigna - Father Goose®

the author of more than 100 award-winning books from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Time Inc.,

Scholastic, Simon & Schuser, Capstone, Boyds Mills, Abrams, Orca, Charlesbridge and other publishers.

Poetry Anthologies for Children

A poem is a little path
That leads you through the trees.
It takes you to the cliffs and shores,
To anywhere you please.

Follow it and trust your way
With mind and heart as one,
And when the journey’s over,
You’ll find you’ve just begun.

from The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury © Charles Ghigna

I collect poetry anthologies for children.
Below are a dozen of my favorites.
The complete list is featured in the column to the right.

Email me your favorite poetry anthologies for children
and I will add them to the list.

• Lavender's Blue: A Book of Nursery Rhymes (1954)
• The Golden Books Family Treasury of Poetry (1959)
• Read Me A Poem (1965)
• I See A Poem (1968)
• Looking In and Other Poems (1968)
• Listen Children Listen (1972)
Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983)
• Read Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young (1986)
• The Random House Book of Mother Goose (1986)
• Talking Like the Rain (1992)
• The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury (1999)
• Knock at a Star (1999)


Amy L V said...

Thank you, Charles, for this great list. I also love Caroline Kennedy's A FAMILY OF POEMS and Lee Bennett Hopkins's CLIMB INTO MY LAP. So many good and beautiful books out there...how lucky we are. I'd love to see your collection as I build mine! A.

Debra said...

Hi Amy! Good to "meet" you here. Thank you for these two good suggestions. We will add them to the list. --Debra

Charles Ghigna said...

Thanks, Amy! We just added A FAMILY OF POEMS to the list. Lee's CLIMB INTO MY LAP was already on the original list. ;-)

Shoshana said...

Great list! I would add The Tree That Time Built by Mary Ann Hoberman and Linda Winston; I love the way it weds science and poetry.

Charles Ghigna said...

Thank you, Shoshana! Excellent suggestion! I've added it to the list. Appreciate it.

Linda said...

Hi Father Goose,
I'm hoping you might help me. I'm trying to track down an anthology that my mother read from when I was little. I was born in 1953 so I think this book was from the 30's or 40's. It included The Puffin, but that's about all I remember.
Can you make any guesses for me?

Charles Ghigna said...

Hi Linda,

Could your childhood book of poems be one of these?

• Come Hither (1923)
• The Singing World (1923)
• Silver Pennies (1925)
• Children All Year in Verse and Picture (1927)
• Romney Gay's Picture Book of Poems (1940)
• Stars to Steer By (1941)
• 1000 Poems for Children (1946)