If you have a baby or very young children and want to raise eager readers, you need a book of Mother Goose and other nursery rhymes to share with your little ones. There are lots of benefits to Mother Goose rhymes in terms of literacy, so sharing nursery rhymes with babies and other young children is not only enjoyable, it is also educational. One of my favorite collections is Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes. While it contains a good collection of nursery rhymes, the best things about Pocketful of Posies are the illustrations: elaborate hand-sewn fabric collages by Salley Mavor that illustrate each rhyme. Children (and adults) will enjoy looking at the collages again and again because there is so much to discover in each one. If you are looking for nursery rhyme books your little ones can handle, see Mother Goose Board Books for Little Ones.
(Cover art courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)