This gorgeous anthology of animal poems for children has just arrived, and it is a complete joy. There’s a poem for every day, varying from the funny to the serious, and the short to the reasonably epic. There are poets here I recognise and many that I do not. This book is ostensibly for children, but like the best children’s books is really for all humans.
For autumn, a spider poem by Bash?:
With what voice,
And what song would you sing, spider,
In this autumn breeze?
The Britta Teckentrup illustrations are vivid and engaging. We at Riverside are massive fans of her work, especially the stunning Under the Same Sky.
This is a book to keep and share forever. It’s big, and heavy, and perfect for curling up with on a chilly autumn evening.