The Random House Book of Poetry for Children

by Jack Prelutsky

Other authorsArnold Lobel (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1983



Call number

811 Pre

Call number

811 Pre

Local notes

811 Pre




Random House (1983), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 248 pages


Synopsis: This deceptively slender volume contains a treasure-trove of poems. Each page is crammed with verse and illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Arnold Lobel. Everyone's favorite poems are complemented by fresh new voices and organized into such unusual themes as food, the city, spooky poems, and word play.


Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee — Grades K-3 — 1985)


Physical description

248 p.; 11.35 inches

Media reviews

New York Times Book Review
New York Times Book Review The poems, two-thirds of which were published during the past four decades, are arranged by subject — nature, the four seasons, animals (especially dogs and cats) and other living things, city life, children, home, food, characters, nonsense verse, wordplay, ghosts and
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other strange creatures, and the unclassifiable.
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User reviews

LibraryThing member leighanngoodwill
This collection of poetry has poems for so many topics such as nature, the four seasons, many animals, and even nonsense! Jack Prelutsky has selected wonderful poems that are humorous, sincere, informative, and very creative.
LibraryThing member sriches
The Random House Book of Poetry for Children was recognized upon its publication in 1983 as an invaluable collection--a modern classic--and it has not since been surpassed. Five hundred poems, selected by poet and anthologist Jack Prelutsky, are divided into broad subject areas such as nature,
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seasons, living things, children, and home. The poems of Emily Dickinson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, and Gwendolyn Brooks populate the book's pages, while Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Ogden Nash, and Shel Silverstein ensure that the collection delights even the most reluctant readers of rhyme. Playground chants, anonymous rhymes, scary poems, silly verse, and even some sad strains are carefully indexed by title, author, first line, and subject. With illustrations of cheerful, round-faced children and animals on every page, Arnold Lobel (a Caldecott medalist and creator of the Frog and Toad series) unifies the diverse poems to form a satisfying whole; Lobel can draw anything and make it funny--or poignant, if he chooses. This collection, one of the most varied and complete around, will carry any budding poetry lover through childhood and beyond. (Ages 5 to 11.)
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LibraryThing member langerer
This book of poetry contains all types of poems on a lot of different subjects pertaining to children. I read the poems "What is Red?" and "What is Orange?" Both of these poems talked about the way a color can make one feel and images a color can bring to mind such as red is a sunburn and orange is
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a flame.

I love colors! I love poetry about color!

I would use these poems in an activity during art with older children. The students could then use color to demonstrate a feeling or object. Younger children I would use these poems during a lesson on learning the color wheel.
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LibraryThing member caltstatt
There are many wonderful poems in this book and many different types of poems. A teacher could use this book to entertain young children or help teach older children about the different types of poems. Also, there is a poem for about any subject and a teacher could read the poem that coincides with
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the lesson just to reinterate the meaning of the lesson.
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LibraryThing member klightwi
I like this poetry book because it contains lots of short poems that are organized by theme so it makes them very easy to pick out and add to lesson without taking a lot of time. I would for sure keep this book in my classroom. It also has very cute simple pictures on some pages.
LibraryThing member brittneydufrene
This anthology basically covers the best children's poetry of all time (except for late 80s-90s poems). They have poems in here such as Mother Goose and Lewis Carroll.. All of our favorite poems that we remembered as young children. I loved that fact how it all came together into one book!
LibraryThing member RaymondGraham
This is a classic book of a whopping 500 poems all collected together in one fantastic book, all of the poems are random and they range from poems about nature, people, and lots of other stuff.

This is a great collection of poems that will have poetry lovers of all ages immersed throughout the
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whole collections

Have the kids pick their random poems and write them out and decorate around them
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LibraryThing member campbell_m76
There are over 500 poems in this collection of poetry. Well known authors such as Emily Dickinson, Robert Louis Stevenson and Robert Robert Frost have poems included in this collection. The collection is sorted into sections by topic and includes a diverse selection of poetry.
LibraryThing member BookwormMarie
This is a great collection of children’s poetry that should be in every English teachers’ classroom. Jack Prelutsky, a hilarious poet and first Poet Laurette, has put together this great collection for children with fabulous illustrations by Caldecott Winner, Arnold Lobel. From the front cover
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to the back, children will surely find a poem that’s makes them laugh out loud and giggle. This is also a great reference book for teachers who want to find just the right poem or rhyme for their poetry month lessons.
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LibraryThing member mykl-s
A good collection for reading to kids.






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