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Here's A Little Poem

A Very First Book of Poetry

Jane Yolen (Compiled by), Andrew Fusek Peters (Compiled by), Polly Dunbar (Illustrator)


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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, cuddling up to a cozy bedtime — these are poems that highlight the moments of a toddler’s world from dawn to dusk. Carefully gathered by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters and delightfully illustrated by Polly Dunbar, Here's a Little Poem offers a comprehensive introduction to some remarkable poets, even as it captures a very young child’s intense delight in the experiences and rituals of every new day.

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

A high-spirited, engaging introduction to poetry.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

With lots of hugs and kisses, as well as messy nonsense and uproarious action, this big spacious anthology of more than 60 poems is a wonderful first book to read with babies and toddlers over and over again.
—Booklist (starred review)

The poetry is witty, intelligent, and well crafted…a great way to introduce the youngest listeners to the genre.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

Featured/recommended on Oprah's 2012 Kids Reading List

Candlewick, 9780763631413, 112pp.

Publication Date: February 13, 2007

About the Author

Jane Yolen is the author of more than 250 books for children and young adults, including Soft House, Owl Moon, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? She also collected poems for This Little Piggy: Lap Songs, Finger Plays, Clapping Games, and Pantomine Rhymes, an anthology of rhymes and games for toddlers. Jane Yolen divides her time between Massachusetts and Scotland. 

Andrew Fusek Peters is a poet and anthologist whose work has appeared in collections for children and teens. He has also written many books. Andrew Fusek Peters lives in Shropshire, England.

Polly Dunbar is the author and illustrator of Dog Blue and Flyaway Katie, as well as the illustrator of Shoe Baby, written by her mother, Joyce Dunbar. Polly Dunbar lives in Brighton, England.