Best Baby & Toddler Books About Poetry

7 Baby & Toddler Books About Poetry

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Haiku Baby book
#1
Haiku Baby
Written and illustrated by Betsy Snyder
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

The simple delights in baby's natural world--a bird, a fish, a leaf, a snowflake, a raindrop--are celebrated in the traditional Japanese poetic form, the haiku, in a little board book with tabs.

What I Like! book
#2
What I Like!
Written by Gervase Phinn and illustrated by Jane Eccles
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

A collection of humorous poetry for children, including some original treatments of familiar nursery rhymes.

Jabberwocky book
#3
Jabberwocky
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

The slithy toves and borogoves invite you to take an adventure through the tumtum trees in Jabberwocky: A BabyLit Nonsense Primer. Jennifer Adams cleverly pulls text from Little Master Carroll’s original poem and pairs it with Alison Oliver’s bright and cheery illustrations to create a whimsical tale.

Little Poems for Tiny Ears book
#4
Little Poems for Tiny Ears
Written by Lin Oliver and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

The dynamic, best-selling team of Lin Oliver and Tomie dePaola have created a charming collection of baby poems that makes the perfect gift for baby showers and first birthdays. For babies and toddlers, each moment is full of wonder and discovery. This delightful collection of original poems celebrates the everyday things that enthrall little ones, such as playing peekaboo, banging pots and pans, splashing at bath time, and cuddling at bedtime. Full of contagious rhythm and rhyme, this inviting picture book introduces young children to the sound of poetry, and beloved illustrator Tomie dePaola’s engaging children are the perfect match for Lin Oliver’s lighthearted poems. Together they’ve created a book to be treasured that captures the magic and fun of being new in the world.

The Night Before Christmas Oversized Padded Board Book book
#5
The Night Before Christmas Oversized Padded Board Book
Written by and illustrated by Charles Santore
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

The world’s most famous Christmas poem is now available in a beautiful oversized board book format featuring original Charles Santore illustrations. Since the poem’s inception in 1823, The Night Before Christmas has been a yearly staple of the holiday season told in countless households. Perfectly capturing the memorable charm of Clement C. Moore’s iconic poem, Charles Santore lends his artwork of fantastical splendor to tell the tale of Saint Nick’s visit, this time in a durable oversized board book that captures the same magical detail and charm as editions beforehand. Children will love this book built especially for them!

Welcome Song for Baby book
#6
Welcome Song for Baby
Written and illustrated by Richard Van Camp
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A poem describing the uniqueness of a newborn baby and its family's love is accompanied by colorful images of babies with their families.

Kissed by the Moon book
#7
Kissed by the Moon
Written and illustrated by Alison Lester
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

May you, my baby, sleep softly at night, and when dawn lights the world, may you wake up to birdsong. Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby’s wonder at our beautiful world. From Australia’s favorite picture-book creator, Alison Lester, comes a timeless book to share and to treasure.

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