Poetry, Song & Picture Books

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Poetry, Song & Picture Books

Jumpstart has gathered a list of favorite children’s poetry, song, and picture books. Reading these books with young children is both a fun and engaging way to build their speaking and listening skills. Listening to and repeating poems and songs in picture books offer children and adults playful experiences with the sounds of words which play an important role in children’s literacy development.

Poetry Books

Give Yourself to the Rain: Poems for the Very Young by Margaret Wise Brown

Ride a Purple Pelican by Jack Prelutsky

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Noisy Poems by Jill Bennett

Song & Picture Books

Abiyoyo by Pete Seger

Mama Don’t Allow by Thacher Hurd

Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats

Raffi Songs to Read by Raffi