A 2018 Notable Poetry Book for Children (National Council of Teachers of English) Introduce your children to the beautiful words of classic American poet, Walt Whitman. Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman makes the work engaging and easy to understand. Walt Whitman is considered by many to be one of the most prolific poets in American history . What better time to introduce your children to the written word than now? This collection of thirty-five of Walt's best works has been carefully curated for kids . Each piece of work is lovingly illustrated, and are both presented and explained by New York University professor Karen Karbenier , PhD, a primary authority Whitman's poetry. Walt Whitman includes enlightening commentary for each poem , definitions of key words , and a foreword by the expert so that kids, or even parents new to poems, will understand. Starting off with I Hear America Singing , the collection includes excerpts from Song of Myself, O Captain My Captain , poems from Leaves of Grass , and many more thought-provoking, descriptive, and kid-friendly selections .