As we wrap up Poetry Month (April), it's a great time to feature this new book, a collection works by Charlotte Zolotow (1915-2013), a distinguished author and editor of children’s books. During the course of her career she wrote more than 70 books, many of which are picture-book classics, including the Caldecott Honor medalist Mr.Rabbit and the Lovely Present.
Now, for the very first time Zolotow’s seasonal poetry is available in one collection— Changes: A Child’s First Poetry Collection (April; $16.99; Hardcover; Poetry; Ages 3-6). Tiphanie Beeke creates beautiful watercolors that perfectly illustrate Zolotow’s poems, and capture the beauty of nature at different times of the year.
My girls (5 and 7) both liked this book. The poems are short, but well-written, so it's a great way to introduce kids to poetry. And the poems are accessible, with the subject matter of changing seasons, which kids experience every year. It's a great gift for the reader in your life to introduce a new genre.