Picture Book Poems by Hilary Williamson, April 2006
'Imagine, when you're half asleep, those big white clouds look just like sheep ... in a meadow, in the spring. Just imagine ... anything!'
Ruth Brown encourages young readers to range their imaginations all over the world in her engaging, rhyming picture book, Imagine, that focuses in on simple opposites at bedtime. And doesn't poetry - with its succinct imagery and catchy rhythms - provide a magical way in to young reader's imaginations? Here's a selection of some of my favorite poetic picture books ...
Wonderful Words by Lee Bennett Hopkins & Karen Barbour 'Poems About Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening'.
Yellow Elephant by Julie Larios & Julie Paschkis This 'Bright Bestiary' introduces animals, and the feelings they evoke.
I always delighted in reading in rhyme with my sons when they were small and it felt like we were dancing through verses together. Read picture book poems along with little ones to encourage their development of a love of words and their sense of the rhythm of language.
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