Friday, April 12, 2013
Blast from the Poetry Past: 1959
Louis Untermeyer compiled and published the landmark comprehensive anthology for children, The Golden Treasury of Poetry with Golden Press in 1959. In his seminal work, Poetry's Playground: The Culture of Contemporary American Children's Poetry, Joseph Thomas identified eight key anthologies he suggested are children’s poetry essentials beginning with this one compiled by Untermeyer.
Unfortunately, anthologies seem to be “out of fashion” at the moment and not as many are being published. Of course, one exception (if I may be so bold) is my own collaboration with poet Janet Wong and with 70+ other poets—The Poetry Friday Anthology (one edition for K-5 and one edition for grades 6-8).
I think the Sourcebooks anthologies that include CDs of poet readings are also noteworthy. Look for these selections:
Paschen, Elise and Raccah, Dominique. Eds. 2005. Poetry Speaks to Children. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks.
Paschen, Elise and Raccah, Dominique. Eds. 2010. Poetry Speaks; Who I Am. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks.
Giovanni, Nikki. Comp. 2008. Hip Hop Speaks to Children. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks.
Hoberman, Mary Ann and Wilson, Linda. Eds. 2009. The Tree That Time Built: A Celebration of Nature, Science, and Imagination. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks.
Nesbitt, Kenn. 2009. My Hippo Has the Hiccups with CD: And Other Poems I Totally Made Up. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks.
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