First published in 1986 and just as fresh and relevant today, this widely acclaimed, child-friendly poetry anthology is now being reissued with a striking new jacket. In his introduction to this book Jim Trelease, bestselling author of The Read-Aloud Handbook, writes, “No one better recognizes the essence of the child-poetry connection than poet and anthologist Jack Prelutsky. . . . Here are more than 200 little poems to feed little people with little attention spans to help both grow. Marc Brown’s inviting illustrations add a visual dimension to the poems, which further engage young imaginations.” The poems are by 119 of the best-known poets of the 20th century.
This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Poetry) in Appendix B.
About the Author
Jim Trelease is the editor of two anthologies, "Read All About It!" and "Hey! Listen to This," and the author of the one that started it all, "The Read-Aloud Handbook," His writing has appeared in the "New York Times" and the "Washington Post,"
Marc Brown is known best for his ARTHUR series. He grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania where as a child he was influenced by family and friends that would be eventually become the many stories of an aardvark.Trained at the Cleveland Art Institute, Marc went on to create more than 100 picture books for children. Before his current success, however, Marc had many jobs, including stints as a truck driver, soda jerk, actor, chicken farmer, television art director, short order cook, and college professor! He now lives in Hingham, Massachusetts and Martha's Vineyard, with his wife, illustrator and author Laurie Krasny Brown, and their daughter Eliza. Marc and Laurie are the creators of the path-breaking nonfiction Dino Life Guides for Families series.
Jack Prelutsky is the best-selling author of more than fifty books of poetry, including The New Kid on the Block, illustrated by James Stevenson, and Stardines Swim High Across the Sky, illustrated by Carin Berger. Jack Prelutsky lives in Washington State.
“All truly easy to read aloud.”—The Horn Book Magazine
“Bound to develop an appreciation for poetry at a very young age.”—School Library Journal
“Parents will discover it is as much fun to read as it is for the little ones to hear.”—Chicago Tribune
“Marc Brown’s pictures of children and animals, each lovingly depicted, convey the universal childhood exuberance found in each rhyme.”—Boston Sunday Globe
A Horn Book Fanfare Honor Book
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year