Preschool and Picture Books

Theme: Poetry

Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry - (ISBN: 978-0763631413)

by Jane Yolen

This touching anthology of very simple poems for early listeners focuses on topics dear to the hearts of the very young, namely themselves! Marvelous sounds, poetic jokes, and colorful illustrations help a group of well-known writers in making this book appeal both to the reader and the listener. Try reading one or two poems a day or go through the entire book.

Orange Pear Apple Bear - (ISBN: 978-1416939993)

by Emily Gravett

Composed of only five words, three fruits, and several colors, this book teaches shapes, colors, ordering, and reading poetry with very little effort! Make pictures with your children after you read this charmer, rearranging the bear and his juggling piles in different ways!

Rhyming Dust Bunnies - (ISBN: 978-1416979760)

by Jan Thomas

Dust bunnies with rhyming names go through a litany of sound-alike words with great humor and freshness! While they try to avoid that monster, the vacuum cleaner, the dust bunnies romp through quite a word list.

Stalling - (ISBN: 978-1416955672)

by Alan Katz

Dan creates so many diversions at bedtime that his parents fall asleep before he does. This extended poem has snappy lines and the familiar excuses that every child has tried to delay turning out the lights. Its humor will make it a beloved, every-night read.

Black is Brown is Tan - (ISBN: 0-06-028776-4)

by Arnold Adoff

Gnash, Gnaw, Dinosaur! Prehistoric Poems with Lift-the-Flap - (ISBN: 978-0753418437)

by Tony Mitton

Ten Apples up on Top - (ISBN: 978-0394800196)

The Owl and the Pussycat - (ISBN: 978-0698113671)

by Edward Lear

Activities for this Theme

Try to memorize some tongue twisters


Visit Seussville for videos, character identification games, and fun activities centered around many Dr. Seuss books.


Make a handprint on paper and add the featured poem for a Mother’s Day gift. Or choose your own poem to combine with a handprint for any holiday.


Listen to some poems about shapes