"Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein, is so popular with children, librarians and teachers insist it is the book most frequently stolen from their schools and libraries," Jim Trelease notes in The Read-Aloud Handbook. Silverstein’s collection, first published in 1974, certainly deserves its wild popularity, but many books of poetry for children have been issued this year. 2006! Let’s jump up and cheer for these titles, too. Which is the best? Is there one your favorite kids like the most?

While we’d never advocate breaking the law, especially since going to the library and borrowing is so easy, which book of children’s poetry would you like to, um, steal?

–Susan Thomsen, Chicken Spaghetti

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