We have been very irregular with poetry teas, but they are still happening here, at least every couple of weeks. One of the nice things about them is that the kids are often the impetus behind them. They pick out many of the library books we use. They often urge me that it’s time for another one. And at our most recent poetry tea, Mushroom made the cookies and BalletBoy set the table.
The Monsterologist by Bobbi Katz
This may be a case where the design, by Adam McCauley, surpasses the poetry. However, the poems are fun for kids and the design is really stunning. Each poem is about a different monster, from the Loch Ness Monster to the mysterious one that eats your socks in the washer.
Spot the Plot by J. Patrick Lewis
This cute group of riddle poems about classic children’s books was so fun to read that we read them all at the first poetry tea where we had them. There’s something so perfect about riddle poems that get kids to really listen up.
Poetry by Heart edited by Liz Attenborough
This was one of the best collected books of classic poetry for kids that I’ve seen. I loved that it ranged from classics to fun, silly poems. The intention behind it is also excellent as it’s one that is meant to be a base for memorization. It’s out of print, but you may know there’s a new memorization collection that just came out from Caroline Kennedy. I haven’t seen that one yet though!
Casey at the Bat by William Thayer
I picked this one out for the start of baseball season (Go Nats!). There are so many versions, but I chose the old-fashioned illustration style of Christopher Bing’s version, which is filled with newspaper clips and allusions to nineteenth century baseball.
Come to the Great World edited by Wendy Cooling
This collection was another gem. The poems are from all over the world and chosen to appeal to children as well as to highlight themes of play and peace. I usually swap out all the library poetry books every time, but I held on to this one through three poetry teas.