Rhythm and Rhyme

When I was a youngster, I adored poetry. Now that I have the privilege to be reading children’s lit once again, I find myself often drawn back to books which rhyme. Great to read alone or aloud, here are some of my favourites:

“Where the Sidewalk Ends,” by Shel Silverstein

This classic poetry anthology is silly and sunny, and occasionally startlingly poignant. The author’s classic illustrations bring everything to life. Nights and nights’ worth of bedtime reading.

“Dinosaur James,” by Scott Taylor

This rhyming picture book recounts the tale of young James, who seems, to outsiders, to be bizarrely obsessed with dinosaurs. Hey, what’s that spiky green thing in the corner?… A perfect read-aloud story.

“Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich,” by Adam Rex

Silly poems about monsters of all kinds are made great by the colourful, caricaturish, and somehow realistic illustrations. Good for a laugh for any kid who likes monsters.

“Custard and Company” by Ogden Nash

Another poetry classic, these brief and hilarious rhymes speak to us from another time (the 1950s) and place (England).

…and an extra-special mention goes to:

“Zorgamazoo,” by Robert Paul Weston

For older poetry lovers, a novel in verse. It is about Katarina and Morty who go on an underground quest to find the missing zorgles of Zorgamazoo! Amazing illustrations accompany.


About CSL Children's Department

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