What is the first printed work of poetry for young readers (in English?)
Mother Goose, most likely.
John Newbery published a collection of English rhymes, Mother Goose's Melody, or, Sonnets for the Cradle in London way back in 1765.
There are a ton of variations of Mother Goose collections, from classic British nursery rhymes, to rhymes from different cultural and linguistic traditions, to clever “riffs” on the rhyme + nonsense formula. Here are a few of my more recent favorites.
- Crews, Nina. 2004. The Neighborhood Mother Goose. New York: Greenwillow.
- Dillon, Leo and Diane. 2007. Mother Goose; Numbers on the Loose. San Diego, CA: Harcourt.
- Hoberman, Mary Ann. 2005. You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You; Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together. Ill. by Michael Emberley. Boston: Little, Brown.
- Mathers, Petra. Ed. 2012. The McElderry Book of Mother Goose: Revered and Rare Rhymes Compiled and Illustrated by Petra Mathers. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books.
- Merriam, Eve. 1996. The Inner City Mother Goose. Ill. by David Diaz. New York: Simon &; Schuster.
- Nursery Rhyme Comics; 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists. New York: First Second. 2011.
- Opie, Iona Archibald. 1999. Here Comes Mother Goose. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
- Opie, Iona Archibald. Ed. 1996. My Very First Mother Goose. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
- Peck, Jan and Davis, David. (Eds.) 2011. The Green Mother Goose; Saving the World One Rhyme at a Time. Ill. by Carin Berger. New York: Sterling.
- Sanderson, Ruth. 2008. Mother Goose and Friends. New York: Little, Brown.
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