The Random House Book of Poetry for Children
compiled by Jack Prelutsky
illustrated by Arnold Lobel
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This is an outstanding anthology of poetry for children. Jack Prelutsky is famous for his influence on and advocacy for poetry for children; he's the source of the marvelous poetry book The Bold Umbrellaphant. Arnold Lobel is beloved for his Frog and Toad books and has written and illustrated many others.
If you are looking for a solid poetry anthology for children and/or want to add to an existing collection, this is a perfect place to start. The poems range in size and age appropriateness; contents are arranged according to general theme (animals, food, etc.) and several indexes help locate favorites.
If you haven't started reading poetry to your children, you really should. I'm amazed at how much young children enjoy poems, particularly silly ones. Check a book like this out from the library and give it a try. You'll be surprised (you have to read with enthusiasm, of course!). You can still purchase it from places like amazon as well--which is where we got ours. Very fun. We'll be reading "Oodles of Noodles" at pasta night and have already enjoyed "How Doth the Little Crocodile" and other favorites.