Over 700 classic and modern poems written by poets from William Shakespeare to J. R. R. Tolkien, Emily Dickinson to Langston Hughes, and covering a range of favorite topics—pets, playtime, family, nature, and nonsense—ensure that there’s a poem to please every child. A truly comprehensive collection that is the ideal way of introducing children to the joys of reading poetry. Helen Ferris edited 17 books for young readers and was editor-in-chief of the Junior Literary Guild from 1929–1959.
Leonard Weisgard was one of the foremost illustrators in the children’s book field, with more than 200 books to his name.
“Among this abundance of funny poems, serious poems, story poems, poetic prose from the Bible, parents will find almost all those they want to share with their children. It makes a fat, generous, attractive book.”—Christian Science Monitor
“If your children don’t like poetry, expose them to this collection . . . and I defy them to resist its magic.”—Kirkus Reviews
Favorite Poems Old and New by selected by Helen Ferris; illustrated by Leonard Weisgard