Favorite Poems Old and New

Favorite Poems Old and New


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"Children are poets before they grow up and they should live with poems. I hope this book will encourage them to do so."—Eleanor Roosevelt

Beloved and treasured for over 60 years, here is the only poetry collection your family needs—brimming with favorite, classic poems carefully selected to inspire young readers. 

Over 700 classic and modern poems written by poets from William Shakespeare to J. R. R. Tolkien, Emily Dickinson to Langston Hughes, and covering a range of favorite topics—pets, playtime, family, nature, and nonsense—ensure that there’s a poem to please every child. A truly comprehensive collection that is the ideal way of introducing children to the joys of reading poetry.

"If your children think they don't like poetry, expose them to this collection . . . and I defy them to resist its magic."—Kirkus

"A fine book for parents to read aloud to their children."—Library Journal

"This volume stands out for the comprehensiveness of its selection."—The Horn Book

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385076968
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/01/1957
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 404,725
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.63(h) x 1.93(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Leonard Weisgard (1916-2000) was a beloved and award-winning illustrator of more than 200 children’s books, perhaps best known for his collaboration with the author Margaret Wise Brown. His books include The Little Island (for which he won the Caldecott Medal in 1947), The Golden Egg Book, and The Golden Bunny.

Helen Ferris (1890-1969) edited numerous books for young readers and was editor-in-chief of the Junior Literary Guild from 1929–1959.

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