Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
First published in 1986 and just as fresh and relevant today, this widely acclaimed, child-friendly poetry anthology is now being reissued with a striking new jacket. In his introduction to this book Jim Trelease, bestselling author of The Read-Aloud Handbook, writes, “No one better recognizes the essence of the child-poetry connection than poet and anthologist Jack Prelutsky. . . . Here are more than 200 little poems to feed little people with little attention spans to help both grow. Marc Brown’s inviting illustrations add a visual dimension to the poems, which further engage young imaginations.” The poems are by 119 of the best-known poets of the 20th century.

This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Poetry) in Appendix B.

READING GUIDE

Dear Parents,

A long time ago, when I was a little boy, years before I went to school, my mother read to me. I loved listening to fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Hansel and Gretel, I loved books like The Little Engine that Could, but...
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PRAISE FOR

“All truly easy to read aloud.”—The Horn Book Magazine

“Bound to develop an appreciation for poetry at a very young age.”—School Library Journal

“Parents will discover it is as much fun to read as it is for the little ones to hear.”—Chicago Tribune

“Marc Brown’s pictures of children and animals, each lovingly depicted, convey the universal childhood exuberance found in each rhyme.”—Boston Sunday Globe

A Horn Book Fanfare Honor Book

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year