Really, I am searching for a particular book of poems my children had when they were young, which, since i can't remeber the name of it, i can't find.
It was by scholastic, a slim paperback volume of poems written both for and by young Black students. The one I remeber was a fantastic poem by a young boy which went, roughly - Yestardy Mom had company so she told us to go out side and play on the steps. And they were in there talking a long time, and I forgot, and when I finally went inside her friend just laughed, but Mama yelled at me and said, "How can a great big boy of six years old forget?!"
Well - better poetry. but, anyway, just in case that jogs the memory... I remeber there was one with a very young child talking about their grandparent going to heaven.
The poetry books I like best are Shiel Silverstein, A.A. Milne and also a volume of Robert Frost I have which is collected esp. for reading to children - 'You come Too.'
When my children were young I used to joke that I would never get a job once they were grown, becuase my only skills were my ability to recite great passages of Silverstien and Milne from memory, and I didn't think that was marketable. Turns out it is, and that is what I now do for a living. (work in child care. Specifically, with School Agers, - before and after care)