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Here's a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry

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This exuberant celebration of poetry is an essential book for every young one’s library and a gorgeous gift to be both shared and treasured.

Sit back and savor a superb collection of more than sixty poems by a wide range of talented writers, from Margaret Wise Brown to Gertrude Stein, Langston Hughes to A. A. Milne. Greeting the morning, enjoying the adventures of the day,
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published February 13th 2007 by Candlewick Press (first published January 31st 2007)
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I was never a lover of poetry, though I think had I been exposed to more of it growing up I would be. In an endeavor to make sure my kiddo has the opportunity to love everything (and perhaps love them more myself), I picked this one up from the library on recommendation from Charlotte Huck's Children's Literature.

The kiddo is in LOVE and requests "po-oms" quite enthusiastically. Highly recommended as a poetry collection for toddlers/pre-k. My little is not quite two and eagerly listened to all 1
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youngfolk, poppyseed
There are a lot of poetry collections for babies/toddlers, but this is the best. The very best! Jane Yolen is one of the greatest geniuses of the world.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, picture-book, poetry
This will be a great addition to the library and as a resource for National Poetry month. The poems are great for younger children.
Dawn Keys
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This wonderful collection of poems is written for young children, but can be appreciated by all ages. I would read these poems to the primary grades, pre-k to 2nd grade.

This is a collection of poems from a variety of poets. It engages a young child's interest in common subject matter that relates to their lives. The illustrator, Polly Dunbar, does an awesome job of complementing the poems and making them come alive. I love for instance, the poem, "My Sister" by Margaret Mahy. The illustrator dr
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
This is a fun little book of poems. Some of the poems are written my some well known writers. The poems have rhyming, some have repetition, and they all have beautiful pictures that enhance the views and vibes of the poems. The topics are very random but they are topics that kids would have view points on. I think this is a great first book of poetry and toddlers and some older kids would love it.
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Here's a Little Poem is a wonderful collection of poetry for young children. When I was teaching preschool I often found it difficult to find books of poetry, other than nursery rhymes, that my students enjoyed. They loved the poems in this book! Many of the poems are short, so they can keep the attention of very young children. The shortest poem in the book is about ice cream, and simply says, "Lick, Quick".
This collection of poems contain many topics children can relate to. Including topics s
Grace Laperuto
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Jane Yolen's Here's a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry is a great depart from traditional nursery rhyme type poetry books for youngsters. Sometimes it's refreshing to take a break from Mary had a Little Lamb and Humpty Dumpty! The pictures are cute and the poems are rhythmic and memorable. They are fun to read to little ones, and they love hearing and reciting them.

I would definitely keep this in my future preschool classroom and read one or two a week. They encourage language developmen
Jaimee Huskins
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of poems for a very young child. This would be fun to read one or two a day. They are short simple and cute. They have some picture to go along with each poem. The word play is different on each page as it goes along with each poem. I think this i a great introduction for a child to learn about poetry at a very young age. I think it is a must read. They are so sweet and perfect for little ones.
Carrie Gelson
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
LOVE this collection! Some of my favourite poets included here.
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, poetry
We love this one. The art is beautiful and engaging and the poems are short, sweet little things, just right for my preschoolers. Our favourite so far is "The No-No Bird,"
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents, teachers, kids
Shelves: poetry, 2016-reread
This is intended for a very young audience, but it actually appeals to both second and third graders. Nearly every one of my students loves this book.
Edna Velasquez
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Claudia Lewis Award (2008)
Pre K-Kindergarten
This poem explains everything about things that children relate to such as having a baby brother. It also provides poems from different authors. It has a variety of poems which children can learn from.
I like this story because I realized that each poem has a connection between each other.Also, having many poems helps children learn more about what occurs during life while growing up and how it is relatable. It is a great idea for children to understan
Meghann Sniffen
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Awards the book has received (if any): none
Appropriate grade level(s): pre-k - 2nd
Original 3-line summary: Here's a Little Poem is a good book filled with poems for young children. Unlike many other poem books, it strays away from the classics and has poems where children can learn from.
Original 3-line review: This book is okay, after reviewing the other poem books I kind of started to see a repetition between them and how they all have a similar point. They all go to the point in which you can
Samantha Beaujour
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
1. Claudia Lewis Award.
2. Pre k- Kindergarten.
3. The poem that I choose was "Baby Fingers" this is an amazing poem explaining everything about what babies do with their fingers. "Baby tickles teddy bear." Great for kids to think back to when they were babies.
4. Many of the poems are short, so they can keep the attention of very young children. This collection of poems contain many topics children can relate to including, growing, bed time, saying no, and ice cream.
5. The class can look at the p
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, poetry
This anthology of simplistic poetry is one that young readers will love. It uses humorous rhymes and pictures to emphasize each poem.
Elizabeth Banville
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
1) n/a
2) UPK-First grade
3) This book includes poems for all times of the day. This book also includes poems about things children can relate to; for example, having a brother. This book provides poems from many different authors, so there are a wide variety of poems.
4) This book is a great way for young children to relate to. It can also set a routine for morning time and bedtime. Because this book incorporates work from many authors, there is a wide variety of styles of writing.
5) a) The childr
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-poetry
This book is for ages 3 months - 18 years.

It is a collection of poems for children with matching illustrations. It covers topics from hating having to eat your greens to things you can see outside, like bumble bees. It is easy to read and has a lot of poems to choose from.

I liked this one a lot because it has so many poems to read and each poem gets its own page so it does not look overwhelming to a young reader. The poems could be used in a classroom year round, they are funny and easy to read,
Samantha Brosnan
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tl-307
Poetry; 2007.

This was amazing and I wholeheartedly plan on buying a copy for home and my classroom. I love that this is in "introduction" to poetry - great for teaching in the classroom, but also great to teach at home. There are different chapters that each focus on a theme, such as "Who Lives With Me?" and "Me, Myself, and I". They're cute and fun and have great illustrations along with them. I totally recommend!
Nikka Bacalzo
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Here’s a Little Poem contains almost 100 pages of simply poetry. The table of contents breaks the poems into themes and topics of each section. There’s Me, Myself, and I, Who Lives in My House?, I Go Outside, and Time for Bed. In each chunk of the book, there’s poems that revolve around the corresponding title. For example, in I Go Outside, we follow the kids planting seeds, climbing up the trees to see a bumble bee, going to the beach and flying a kite. There are a lot of other poem topics such ...more
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
Here's A Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters is exactly that, a book of poems for little children about little children, their pets, their bedtime routines, their activities, etc. Because it was so juvenile, I was not very intrigued, but there were some great poems in here, just not enough to keep me engaged.

The different authors whose poems were in the book include Nikki Grimes, Langston Hughes, Jack Prelutsky, and Gertrude Stein among other
May 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
2012 Update
Find out why this is my favorite poetry book on my blog: (and a bit about my favorite poem . . . A Circle of Sun by Rebecca Kai Dotlich) on my blog:

This is a FABULOUS book. I think it may well be my favorite book of children's poetry. The poems are collected by Jane Yolen (a children's author that I LOVE!) and are not the typical poems found in most children's poem books. (I love children's poetry . . . I got hooked by Esme Codell's description of poetry
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a great collection of poems for little kids. The collection is broken down into chapters that deal with specific subject matters. The first is entitled Me, Myself and I and deals with kids as individuals. The next chapter is about the people that live in the children's house called Who lives in My House. The third chapter is focused on what kids see what they venture outside: I Go Outside. Lastly, there is a chapter entitled Time for Bed.

The poems are filled with rhyme, repetition, onom
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
In J. Yolen, A. F. Peters (Ed.), Here’s a little poem: A very first book of poetry (2007). Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.

Category: picture book soak.

Where found: Virginia Beach Central Library

This book is a lovely collection of poems, both written specifically for children and those that were collected by famous poets such as Langston Hughes, Jack Prelutsky, and Margaret Wise Brown. It is a great introduction to poetry for children, mainly because those that collected these poems chose onestha
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters and illustrated by Polly Dunbar (2007)
Poetry, 105 pages
Full of sunshine and rhyme, Here’s a Little Poem captures the whimsicality of youth and the essence of day to day life. Through a multitude of poetic voices, Yolen and Peters have created a flowing narrative on growing and learning through the eyes of a child. Dunbar aptly creates a unique and fanciful visual experience for each poem that carries itself i
Johanna M.
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Here's A Little Poem" was the book that I choose to found a good poem. The poem that I choose was "Baby Fingers" this is an amazing poem explaining everything about what the babys do with their fingers, for example: "Baby fingers twirl mom's hair","Babys tickels teddy bear". I just love this beautiful poem because as I am a mother I know that everything that this poem says id true.The general age range of this book is nursery, actually when I was looking for this book, I found it at the nurser ...more
Aug 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tim by: JA & KM
On a side note I picked the entry for Jane Yolen but I think Polly Dunbar from the UK should be given credit as well. This book is a delightful treasury of poetry. Over sixty poems are featured from English and American writers. The poems range in topics and are espeically geared for young children. This is more than a collection of Mother Goose rhymes. The poems on each spread is fully integrated with the illustration. Very visually attractive for visually-orientated learners. I am especially d ...more
Meng Zhang
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I will say the book is for primary readers. The main character is the little kid on the cover page. The setting is in her house and sometimes outside. The book is divided into three chapters which have their own themes. The first collection is titled "Me, myself and I". It consists of poems that talk about growth of a toddler. The second collection is called "who lives in my house" which introduces her family members and emphasizes family relationship. The last collection of poems is called "I g ...more
Nathalie S
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Every Monday night, my husband and I get together and read some poetry. I gravitate to poems in the children's section because 1. They are easy to understand 2. Some are quite humorous which is an essential quality for a non poetry lover such as me. Poems of note in this week's offering is

The No-No Bird by Andrew Fusek Peters

(I will include my favorite bits here)

I'm the no-no bird,
That's right, that's me
I live up in
The Tantrum Tree
.... ......
I sulk and I sing
No! No! No!
To everything.

My first t
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
"Here's a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry" is a delightful book filled with a large collection of poems for the young audience. The poems are organized into categories and contain themes/topics that young children can relate to such as bedtime, family, and daily adventures. I like that this book has illustrations to go with each poem which for the young non-reader can give visual clues to what the words are saying. This would be a good addition to the Kindergarten classroom for students ...more
Alex Gagliano
Jul 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
This collection of poems are bound together to create a variety of activities that go on throughout a toddlers day. This collection takes the reader on a journey from morning until bed time. Many talented authors are included in this collection. I would recommend this collection for K-1 students because it can be relatable. I would not recommend for any grades above, unless a specific poem is picked out as a mentor text for the teacher. Students may enjoy browsing though poems, yet it may not be ...more
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more