Focusing on popular verse from the nineteenth century through today, this anthology invites young readers to sample a taste of irresistible poems that will nourish their minds and spirits. Selected for both popularity and literary quality, seventy charming poems cover a wide range of subjects: poetry, books, words, and imagination; the beauty of the natural world; travel, adventure, sports, and play; love, friendship, sadness, hope, and other emotions. Included are: "Prickled Pickles Don't Smile," Nikki Giovanni "W. D., Don't Fear that Animal," W. D. Snodgrass "A Jelly-Fish," Marianne Moore "The Porcupine," Ogden Nash "Annabel Lee," Edgar Allan Poe "The Falling Star," Sara Teasdale "Sick," Shel Silverstein "Casey at the Bat," Ernest Lawrence Thayer "With Kitty, Age Seven, At the Beach," William Stafford "Hope is the Thing with Feathers," Emily Dickinson . . . . and sixty other notable works. Chosen by the American Poetry & Literacy Project and the Academy of American Poets, two of the nation's most respected nonprofit poetry organizations, these much-loved and highly readable poems promise young readers and poetry lovers of all ages hours of reading pleasure.