“There Is No Frigate Like a Book”:
Emily Dickinson for Kids
Emily– Michael Bedard and Barbara Cooney, Doubleday, 1992 (available in a paperback edition from Dragonfly Books, 2007)
Emily Dickinson’s Letters to the World – Jeanette Winter, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002
The Mouse of Amherst – Elizabeth Spires and Claire A. Nivola, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999
How old does a child have to be for you to tell her about Emily Dickinson? There is a kind of fairy-tale element, unfortunately, of presenting her unusual and somewhat solitary life, but that is not the essence of what you want her to know.
Three very different books each include the poet’s insistence on independence and nonconformity, but they all succeed in conveying the phenomenal power of her creativity, which is the main part of Dickinson’s life of interest to us all.