Poetry does not need to be lofty. It does not need to be revolutionary. It does not need to rhyme or follow a particular form. It can do all of these things, but it doesn’t have to. When we celebrate National Poetry Month every April, sometimes we forget that it is for all ages. That’s right; even tiny babies can enjoy poems.
The poems in The Silver Moon: Lullabies and Cradle Songs by Jack Perlutsky and illustrated by Jui Ishida are song lyrics. There is sheet music in the back of the book for four songs and you can download the musical notation for the rest at Jack Prelutsky's website.
These poems don’t need music to be beautiful. The short sets of well-chosen words sound lovely when said aloud. The illustrations are warm and rich. They feature babies with adults--both animals and humans. The people are from many different ethnic backgrounds. There are men and women, old and young. It reflects the diversity that we experience.
The Lambton County Library in Canada has a wonderful explanation of how singing actually helps get infants ready to read when they get older. So, sharing a book like The Silver Moon: Lullabies and Cradle Songs may just seem like it leads to snuggles and cuddles, which is important, but it is actually doing more than that. In addition to bonding with the babies in your life, you will be preparing their brains to enjoy worlds of stories as they grow up.
About the Author
Anna Francesca Garcia earned her Master of Library and Information Sciences Degree from the University of North Texas. She has worked in public libraries in Nevada and Missouri for a decade. Currently, Anna Francesca is Kansas City Public Library’s Education Librarian.