April is National Poetry Month!
Sharing poems and songs with your preschool-aged children helps get them ready to read. Nursery rhymes and nonsense verse are especially great in the way they expand children’s imaginations, and tickle their funny bones. When you sing or say a rhyme, your child learns that words are broken up into syllables. Think about how words are broken up in “Mary Had A Little Lamb” and “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.” Now you know what a syllable is!
Here are some books, available at your local Free Library of Philadelphia location, which feature poems, songs, and rhymes for preschool children.
The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jane Cabrera
Here’s a Little Poem: My Very First Book of Poetry by Jane Yolen
Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig
Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling by Tracey Campbell Pearson
Itsy Bitsy Spider by Annie Kubler
Pat-a-Cake and Other First Baby Games by Tom Brannon (Sesame Beginnings)
Tanka Tanka Skunk by Steve Webb