National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar!
Edited by J. Patrick Lewis, U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate
National Geographic, 2012
This book is perfect for every child’s library. National Geographic’s gorgeous photos illustrate 200 classic and new poems about animals. The first time through the book, I had to stop reading the poems, to enjoy the photos, they were so powerful. Even readers not usually interested in poetry, will pour over the photos and want to read the short poems that accompany them.
The 185-page book, beautiful enough for the coffee table, introduces children to animals, birds, insects, and fish from all over the world. It features poets that specialize in nature poems, like Janet S. Wong and Joyce Sidman; current children’s favorites like Jack Prelutsky, John Ciardi and J. Patrick Lewis; as well as writers of the classics, including Ogden Nash, Emily Dickinson, and Rudyard Kipling, among others.
It also includes information on writing poems, featuring Shape Poems, Haiku, Limericks, etc. and a selected bibliography of children’s books on word play. A great book for a gift