Author Lee Bennett Hopkins has compiled over one hundred books of poetry for children, but a book of lullabies was among the most joyous collections for him to put together.
Working with America’s most revered poets writing for children today, such as X. J. Kennedy, Marilyn Singer, and J. Patrick Lewis, as well as introducing a bevy of new voices, it was a delight to bring thirty newly commissioned works for children to life in Lullaby and Kisses Sweet. There are five sections: Family, Food, “Firsts,” Play, and Bedtime, and all are integral phases of child development.
From grandparents to big brothers, snacks to spaghetti, a first tooth or haircut, playing in a sandbox or being on a swing, each poet’s voice resonates the fun of growing, the thrill of the unexpected, and the love that family brings. Alyssa Nassner’s charming artwork adds to the melodious tone of this book.
Self-concept and awareness is stressed throughout. It is the child –every child – shouting, “Look, world! It’s me!”
Poetry is life and only the poet’s pen can reveal it via a lullaby, kisses ever so sweet, and enduring love.
Poetry is meant to be read aloud, shared. Here are five books of poetry that will enhance any child’s library:
Brothers & Sisters: Family Poems by Eloise Greenfield: From “My Little Brother” to “Grandpa and Great-Uncle Paul,” the bond between family members is portrayed in this poignant collection.
Forest Has A Song by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater: Journey through nature in an award-winning collection highlighting new looks at fossils, spiders, lichen, and a baby owl making its “First Flight.”
On the Farm by David Elliott: Thirteen brief poems evoke beautiful imagery about animals and insects, such as “The Bees” who “Tell their story,/sweet and old…”.
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