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The definitive anthology of children's poetry, collected by a beloved author Years in the making, this full-color treasury contains nearly two hundred poems, all of them handpicked by Bill Martin Jr. Traditional children's poems are presented alongside contemporary pieces, and the collection is capped off with tributes by Eric Carle and Steven Kellogg, two of Bill Mart The definitive anthology of children's poetry, collected by a beloved author Years in the making, this full-color treasury contains nearly two hundred poems, all of them handpicked by Bill Martin Jr. Traditional children's poems are presented alongside contemporary pieces, and the collection is capped off with tributes by Eric Carle and Steven Kellogg, two of Bill Martin Jr's best-known collaborators. This essential compilation also features original illustrations by award-winning artists, including Ashley Bryan, Lois Ehlert, Steven Kellogg, Chris Raschka, Dan Yaccarino, Nancy Tafuri, and Derek Anderson. This beautiful anthology is sure to become a classic.


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The definitive anthology of children's poetry, collected by a beloved author Years in the making, this full-color treasury contains nearly two hundred poems, all of them handpicked by Bill Martin Jr. Traditional children's poems are presented alongside contemporary pieces, and the collection is capped off with tributes by Eric Carle and Steven Kellogg, two of Bill Mart The definitive anthology of children's poetry, collected by a beloved author Years in the making, this full-color treasury contains nearly two hundred poems, all of them handpicked by Bill Martin Jr. Traditional children's poems are presented alongside contemporary pieces, and the collection is capped off with tributes by Eric Carle and Steven Kellogg, two of Bill Martin Jr's best-known collaborators. This essential compilation also features original illustrations by award-winning artists, including Ashley Bryan, Lois Ehlert, Steven Kellogg, Chris Raschka, Dan Yaccarino, Nancy Tafuri, and Derek Anderson. This beautiful anthology is sure to become a classic.

30 review for The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne Catesby

    Big Book of Poetry by Bill Martin Jr. is truly an amazing poetry book for elementary aged children. One of the things that makes this book great for elementary aged children is the fact that all of the poems are broken down into different categories at the beginning of the book, for instance animals, around the year, school time, food for me, and many more. Not only are these poems amazing and very well written for younger readers but the illustrations that accompany every poem really bring the Big Book of Poetry by Bill Martin Jr. is truly an amazing poetry book for elementary aged children. One of the things that makes this book great for elementary aged children is the fact that all of the poems are broken down into different categories at the beginning of the book, for instance animals, around the year, school time, food for me, and many more. Not only are these poems amazing and very well written for younger readers but the illustrations that accompany every poem really bring the pages to life. One thing that I love about these pictures is that they are all different and they are all made by different types of mediums. Such as watercolor, colored pencils, wax crayons, and many more. These would attract children of any age as any art or english teacher. I would absolutely love to have this book in my classroom and would recommend it to any type of teacher. I feel that they could get so much use of it. There are over 200 poems available in this book. One could be read everyday in class throughout the school year and I feel that the children would be hanging on to every word. This book would be age appropriate for any child but i feel that a child in 3rd through 5th grade would get the best benefit of the book, that is of course unless it was read aloud. In that case any child would be able to comprehend and relate to any many of the poems in this book. There are so many to choose from that I do not think anyone would get bored of this book!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This book includes over 200 poems, full of colorful illustrations, and a wide variety of subjects. Subjects include animals, nature, season, people, places, nonsense, and mother goose. This book of poetry would be a great add on to so many lessons. It would be a nice way to close a lesson taught on various subjects. The book is also full of poetry examples when teaching students how to write poetry.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Connie Strong

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry" is a book full of lots of poems hand-picked by Bill Martin Jr. himself. In all there are nearly 200 poems full of color and lots of character. Bill Martin groups his different poems in to different categories. Some examples of his categories are animals, family, nonsense, good, feelings, and many more different groups. Each poem has an elaborate and eye catching illustration to complement each poem. I truly believe in many occasion the illustrations are just a "Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry" is a book full of lots of poems hand-picked by Bill Martin Jr. himself. In all there are nearly 200 poems full of color and lots of character. Bill Martin groups his different poems in to different categories. Some examples of his categories are animals, family, nonsense, good, feelings, and many more different groups. Each poem has an elaborate and eye catching illustration to complement each poem. I truly believe in many occasion the illustrations are just as good as the poems, if not better. However, when both are together it creates a great mood. The poem I am directly focusing on is "Beans, Beans, Beans" by Lucia and James L.Hymes Jr. This is my favorite poem because baked beans are some of my favorite food. To accompany the poem, there is a two page spread which engulfs the poem itself. The picture's centerpiece is a huge bonefire. The bonfire is where the text is located and serves as a focal point. It is also true that a camp fire is a place of gathering, in which people commune and bond. There are also four people surrounding the campfire, each of which are enjoying their favorite kinds of beans. The little kid is eating his favorite type of bean,the jelly bean. This ending provides a comical ending, since the rest of the beans described are not candy. This is a creative poem describing all the different types of beans.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Downer

    This book of poetry is a collection of poems for children all hand picked by Bill Martin Jr. These poems are written by various authors and the illustrations are done by many award-winning artists. I loved reading through these poems. The book is broken up into sections based on the themes of the poems in that section. My favorites would have to be the "Animals," "World of Nature," and "Food for Me" sections, although I enjoyed them all! The poems range in length from just a few words to a few p This book of poetry is a collection of poems for children all hand picked by Bill Martin Jr. These poems are written by various authors and the illustrations are done by many award-winning artists. I loved reading through these poems. The book is broken up into sections based on the themes of the poems in that section. My favorites would have to be the "Animals," "World of Nature," and "Food for Me" sections, although I enjoyed them all! The poems range in length from just a few words to a few pages long. Each poem is accompanied by some sort of illustration, weather it be a simple picture or an elaborate one. None of the poems are supposed to be building off of one another, and I think that's the interesting part. It is just a collection of single poems, each individual and unique. These poems would be great ones to read aloud to a child. I would recommend this book as one to read to the children before bedtime. A parent could reward their good behavior with the number of poems they got to read. This book would also be good for children reading to themselves. I think it's great for holding children's attention because each poem is different and gives the child something new to think about and look at. The illustrations are all so colorful and inviting! They go very well with the poem itself and liven up this very big book!

  5. 4 out of 5

    L11-Sharri Moses

    I teach kindergarten and was so excited to find this collection of poems selected by Bill Martin Jr. He hand-selected 200 poems, five of which he wrote. There are classic poets such as Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost, as well as more recent poets such as, Jack Preletsky, Nikki Grimes and Judith Viorst. The illustrations are done by a variety of talented illustrators like, Steven Kellogg, Aliki, and Lois Ehlert. This anthology is organized into sections of animals, world of nature, around the ye I teach kindergarten and was so excited to find this collection of poems selected by Bill Martin Jr. He hand-selected 200 poems, five of which he wrote. There are classic poets such as Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost, as well as more recent poets such as, Jack Preletsky, Nikki Grimes and Judith Viorst. The illustrations are done by a variety of talented illustrators like, Steven Kellogg, Aliki, and Lois Ehlert. This anthology is organized into sections of animals, world of nature, around the year, people and places, school time, me and my feelings, family and home, food for me, nonsense and Mother Goose. In the animals section I found a poem called “Baby Chicks.” I teach a chick unit and my kindergarten students will love learning this poem. This poetry book would be good to use with students in grades K-5. Just listening to these poems read aloud would be fun. Students could memorize a poem and have a class “poetry slam.” Some other poetry books to have in your classroom as a resource is Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose and Read Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young compiled by Jack Prelutsky.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Martin Jr, Bill, Sampson, Michael; The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry, Simon & Schuster Books, 2008, children’s poetry, age: 4 – 8, lexile; n/a, rating: 5 This is a collection of Bill Martin Jr’s favorite poems, all illustrated by award-winning artist. The poems are broken into the following categories: animals, world of nature, around the year, people and places, school time, me and my feelings, family and home, food and me, nonsense, and Mother Goose. I rate this 5 because of the array of bea Martin Jr, Bill, Sampson, Michael; The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry, Simon & Schuster Books, 2008, children’s poetry, age: 4 – 8, lexile; n/a, rating: 5 This is a collection of Bill Martin Jr’s favorite poems, all illustrated by award-winning artist. The poems are broken into the following categories: animals, world of nature, around the year, people and places, school time, me and my feelings, family and home, food and me, nonsense, and Mother Goose. I rate this 5 because of the array of beautiful poetry and illustrations. Each page tells a new story and there is something in this book that will appeal to everyone, whether it is a poem about school, or a Mother Goose poem. In addition, for visual learners, the illustrations go along hand-in-hand with each poem. Although including illustrations doesn’t allow children to imagine the poem on their own, this book is targeted to early readers and will help them to develop a love for poetry by having illustrations. Having an array of illustrators really appeals to my eyes.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Macy Tone

    Bill Martin Jr's "Big Book of Poetry" is a great anthology book of poetry for children which included almost two hundred of Bill Martin Jr's favorite poems. I love how easily accessible this book is. It breaks each poem down in a table of contents consisting of: Animals, World of Nature, Around the Year, People and Places, and so on. The book is very kid friendly and the illustrations are wonderful. The illustrations are by a number of award winning artists, including Lois Ehlert, Ashley Bryan, Bill Martin Jr's "Big Book of Poetry" is a great anthology book of poetry for children which included almost two hundred of Bill Martin Jr's favorite poems. I love how easily accessible this book is. It breaks each poem down in a table of contents consisting of: Animals, World of Nature, Around the Year, People and Places, and so on. The book is very kid friendly and the illustrations are wonderful. The illustrations are by a number of award winning artists, including Lois Ehlert, Ashley Bryan, Chris Raschka, Nancy Tafuri, Steven Kellogg, and Dan Yaccarino. I love how these poems are worded because they are easy for children to understand and relate to. I would definitely buy this for my classroom and use it for children to either read to themselves or others. I am sure the kids would enjoy it and it would be a popular book especially when we start learning about poetry and the different kinds.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Wood

    This book contains beautiful illustrations throughout and teachers, parents, and children can all tap into different domains of learning. Language and literacy being the main domain with words that rhyme, parts of speech and some words that are familiar, children will not be bored with this book. The poems are broken into categories: animals, world of nature, around the year, people and places, school time, me and my feelings, family and home, food and me, nonsense, and Mother Goose. Each page t This book contains beautiful illustrations throughout and teachers, parents, and children can all tap into different domains of learning. Language and literacy being the main domain with words that rhyme, parts of speech and some words that are familiar, children will not be bored with this book. The poems are broken into categories: animals, world of nature, around the year, people and places, school time, me and my feelings, family and home, food and me, nonsense, and Mother Goose. Each page tells a new story and there is something in this book that will appeal to everyone. In addition, for visual learners, the illustrations go along hand-in-hand with each poem. Although including illustrations doesn’t allow children to imagine the poem on their own, this book is targeted to early readers and will help them to develop a love for poetry by having illustrations.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kiirsi Hellewell

    I so LOVE this book. I picked it up from the library where it was on display. I normally haven't spent much time with poetry in my life, and haven't shared a lot with my kids. This book really changed that for us and now we're eager for more. We've gone through the poems several times and spent a lot of time looking at the illustrations. I've assigned my kids to memorize a poem a week and they're REALLY enjoying it. I've found my 8-year-old immersed in this big book many times over the past coup I so LOVE this book. I picked it up from the library where it was on display. I normally haven't spent much time with poetry in my life, and haven't shared a lot with my kids. This book really changed that for us and now we're eager for more. We've gone through the poems several times and spent a lot of time looking at the illustrations. I've assigned my kids to memorize a poem a week and they're REALLY enjoying it. I've found my 8-year-old immersed in this big book many times over the past couple of weeks, and she proudly told me she read the entire thing in one sitting! It's a great book and a terrific addition to any family's personal library. I look forward to buying our own copy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    CI546_Jennifer

    This anthology give children a variety of poetry to pick from both older poems and current ones. This Big Book of Poetry is broken up into many themes such as Animals, World of Nature, Around the Year, People and Places, School Time, Me and My Feelings, Family and Home, Food for Me, Nonsense, and Mother Goose. I think children would love to read this book because it is easy to read and has a variety of things that are talked about in the book. This was one of my students favorite books to read d This anthology give children a variety of poetry to pick from both older poems and current ones. This Big Book of Poetry is broken up into many themes such as Animals, World of Nature, Around the Year, People and Places, School Time, Me and My Feelings, Family and Home, Food for Me, Nonsense, and Mother Goose. I think children would love to read this book because it is easy to read and has a variety of things that are talked about in the book. This was one of my students favorite books to read during our poetry unit this year. Bill Martin does a great job of picking interesting poems as well as the beautiful and wonderful illustrations that go along with the poems.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lorilynn Pumphrey

    Copyright- Lee Bennett Hopkins Number of page- 171 Book format- Hardback Reading level- Grades 2-5 Genre- Poetry Lit requirement- Novel in verse Summary: This book has a poem for almost every subject. Learn about the world, animals, people and places or enjoy nonsense poems. Response: This would book would be enjoyable to sit down and flip through as a student. It also can serve as a teaching tool for teachers. This book covers many different subjects and can used to implement a musical intelligenc Copyright- Lee Bennett Hopkins Number of page- 171 Book format- Hardback Reading level- Grades 2-5 Genre- Poetry Lit requirement- Novel in verse Summary: This book has a poem for almost every subject. Learn about the world, animals, people and places or enjoy nonsense poems. Response: This would book would be enjoyable to sit down and flip through as a student. It also can serve as a teaching tool for teachers. This book covers many different subjects and can used to implement a musical intelligence strategy for a lesson. The illustrations are fun and bright, catching the readers eye right away.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karla Winick-Ford

    Wonderful collection of poetry for young children- GREAT way to introduce this new type of text. Beautifully illustrated by Bill Martin Jr. and so well organized- GREAT resource for the classroom! I use it during short transitions like between meals and other activity. BUY IT

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emily Miller

    This is an impressive anthology of children's poems. I like that this book categorizes poems by animals, nature, school, family, feelings, etc. There are short poems, long poems, various styles of poetry, as well as many well known poets. I like that the poems are accompanied by an illustration which again vary in style. I also like how this anthology incorporates humorous poems as well as poems with a more serious tone. This book would be great to use in a classroom when introducing a poetry un This is an impressive anthology of children's poems. I like that this book categorizes poems by animals, nature, school, family, feelings, etc. There are short poems, long poems, various styles of poetry, as well as many well known poets. I like that the poems are accompanied by an illustration which again vary in style. I also like how this anthology incorporates humorous poems as well as poems with a more serious tone. This book would be great to use in a classroom when introducing a poetry unit because of the wide range of poems throughout.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Will Thomas

    Poetry is something that often gets neglected when it comes to children's literature. this is book is one of the best I have ever seen when it comes to letting that happen. it is a huge book full of wonderful poems for young readers. There are way to many poems to read in one setting which is good because that means that the reader can enjoy the book for a long time. the illustrations are beautiful which makes the book even more enjoyable to read. Over all it is a great children's poetry book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    I love poetry! And I love this book. With poetry, themes and beautiful illustrations throughout this book, teachers, parents, and children can tap into all domains of learning. Language and literacy, of course is one domain with words that rhyme, parts of speech and some words that are familiar, children will not be bored with this book. This one is definitely going in my library. To read poetry with corresponding illustrations will be a major step in helping children link their imaginations to I love poetry! And I love this book. With poetry, themes and beautiful illustrations throughout this book, teachers, parents, and children can tap into all domains of learning. Language and literacy, of course is one domain with words that rhyme, parts of speech and some words that are familiar, children will not be bored with this book. This one is definitely going in my library. To read poetry with corresponding illustrations will be a major step in helping children link their imaginations to the learning experience.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ariel S

    Title: The Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry Author: Bill Martin Jr. He was an author of more than 300 children's books. There is an award named after him, for having the best children's picture book in Kansas state. Illustrator: Michael Sampson Review: This book has amazing illustrations. It also contains rhyming words, poetry, and repetition. The book also contains many different poems regarding colors, nature scenes, animals, social emotional aspects, and fairy tales and fables. It would be a Title: The Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry Author: Bill Martin Jr. He was an author of more than 300 children's books. There is an award named after him, for having the best children's picture book in Kansas state. Illustrator: Michael Sampson Review: This book has amazing illustrations. It also contains rhyming words, poetry, and repetition. The book also contains many different poems regarding colors, nature scenes, animals, social emotional aspects, and fairy tales and fables. It would be a good book to use as one plans their curriculum.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    Nearly 200 poems are gathered in this large anthology, created by Bill Martin, Jr. and Michael Sampson. Each poem is paired with an illustration from many of the best picture-book illustrators, creating a feast for the eyes, ears and heart. The poems include works by well-known poets, including Robert Frost, Christina Rossetti, Langston Hughes, Nikki Grimes, Aliki, and Jack Prelutsky. This is a wonderful treasure to explore as a family, to share old favorites and discover new ones.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Allyson Holt

    This big book of poems is a great book for young readers. There are many different poems categorized by seasons, animals, feelings,and many more. I read this book for an English assignment, and found my favorite poem was titled "Poor Substitute". The poem really made me laugh thinking about how true it is to school students whose teachers are away for the day. I thought this book had a lot of fun poems that were easy to read and enjoyable.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Poetry Anything by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle are a hit to me. The poems are grouped in themes which is great for teachers for when they're teaching a class a unit they can use this book to start each lesson with a poem to grab their attention. I'm not big on poetry but this book has helped sway me a little bit. Of course Eric Carle illustrating it is amazing too, really helps grab kids attention and bring the poems to life. Highly recommend!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tameka

    Title: The Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry Arthor: Bill Martin Illustrator: Simon and Schuster Date of publication: 2008 Publisher: Simon and Schuster for Young Readers ISBN:13: 9781416939719 Number of Pages: 178 Description/ Summary: Age 4-8 year olds. An definitive anthology of children's poetry, collected by beloved authors. Great to use as a read- aloud and a introduction to talk about poetry with young children

  21. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    A solid collection of poetry for children, lavishly and brightly illustrated. I prefer the The Random House Book of Poetry for Children if I have to claim only one major anthology, but this would certainly be worth checking out from the library and/or keeping as part of a classroom library. Perfect for older preschool-middle elementary. A solid collection of poetry for children, lavishly and brightly illustrated. I prefer the The Random House Book of Poetry for Children if I have to claim only one major anthology, but this would certainly be worth checking out from the library and/or keeping as part of a classroom library. Perfect for older preschool-middle elementary.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Compliation includes Around the Year, People and Places, School TIme, Animals, World of Nature, Me and My Feelings, Family and Home, Food for Me, Nonsense, Mother Goose. The artwork for some of the poems is very good, but some of the poetry, in my viewpoint, is not arresting or as eloquent as other selections might have been.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    This is a cute book of poems with bright illustrations. It is divided into sections and each section is about different subjects like animals, city life and seasons of the year. Good book to have when you are doing a certain theme in your classroom. I read a few of these poems with my students and they loved them.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This book is a great compilation of poetry for young children with amazingly fun illustrations. Children would love having the poems read aloud to them and at the same time the poems are on a level where beginning readers can read them on their own. It is a great introduction to poetry for young children.

  25. 5 out of 5

    CSlibrary

    This compilation of poetry hand-selected by popular children's poet Bill Martin Jr. includes class poetry from Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson as well as modern poetry by Jack Prelutsky and many others. Accompanying illustrations are from favorites in the picture book world such as Christopher Rashka and Eric Carle. Find it at Carlisle School 811 MAR

  26. 4 out of 5

    Glenda

    A fun book of poetry, including classic poems as well as contemporary ones. The illustrations are bright and colorful. In some of the poems the rhyme feels forced, but I know this is by design to appeal to an audience of young children. Still, the collection is a bit inconsistent in terms of quality.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenilyn Willis

    I used this book to find a poem for our themed set about family. It would be a really good resource for any teacher to have because it literally has poems on just about every subject. You could use the poems in this book for just about any lesson on any subject, so it would be very beneficial in a classroom.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Diana Acosta

    This is one of the best poetry book I have every read for young children. I love the fact that it has different types of poem, such as funny, rhyming and also poetry questions. I has different domains and the illustrations are great on each and one of pages. They show different technique of art paint. They are also short poems to read on daily basis in class. I need to buy this book soon!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rosanna

    In this book, Bill Martin Jr has complied his favorite poems. There are Mother Goose poems, a poem by Bill Martin himself and many more amazing poets. The book has a lot poems for every occasion, spring, summer, halloween. It is just a colorful book that will make you really enjoy poems.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    The poems in this book are beautifully written by all different authors. The pictures are gorgeous, also drawn by all different illustrators. If you like poetry, whether it be humorous or serious, this is a great book!

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