Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses

A Child's Garden of Verses is a delightful look at childhood, written by master poet and storyteller Robert Louis Stevenson. It was among the first poetry written for and about the child's own wonderful world of discovery and imagination—a landmark in the Victorian age, when verse for children was intended to edify and to convey moral instruction in rhyme.

Stevenson had already won renown as a writer of stories when he wrote A Child's Garden of Verses. In this collection of sixty-six poems he uses his mature talent to evoke anew the thoughts and experience of childhood, recalling the joys of his own—from sailing boats down a river, to waiting for the lamplighter, to sailing off to foreign lands in his daydreams. 

First published in 1885 by Longhaus, Green and Co (London), 1,000 copies were run. The book was not illustrated until 1895/96 when it was published by John Lane (London) and Charles Scribner's & Sons (NY) and illustrated by Charles Robinson (view it here for free). Since then many, many artists have turned their hand to this collection of poetry. This page is our attempt to show the breadth of possibilities out there and we'll add to it as we find more!

To ALISON CUNNINGHAM
FROM HER BOY

For the long nights you lay awake:
And watched for my unworthy sake:
For your most comfortable hand
That led me through the uneven land:
For all the story-books you read:
For all the pains you comforted:
For all you pitied, all you bore,
In sad and happy days of yore:—
My second Mother, my first Wife,
The angel of my infant life—
From the sick child, now well and old,
Take, nurse, the little book you hold!

And grant it, Heaven, that all who read
May find as dear a nurse at need,
And every child who lists my rhyme,
In the bright fireside nursery clime,
May hear it in as kind a voice
As made my childish days rejoice!

R.L.S. 

From the 1961 Platt & Munk reprint

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Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Tasha Tudor
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Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson
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by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Eulalie
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Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson, Illustrated by Tasha Tudor
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Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Cooper Edens
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Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Jessie Wilcox Smith
from Random House
for 4th-6th grade
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Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith
from Charles Scribner's Sons
for Preschool-4th grade
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Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Alice & Martin Provensen
from Golden Press
for 4th-6th grade
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Child's Garden of Verses
Arcadia
by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Charles Robinson
from Princess House Books
Poetry for 1st-5th grade
in Poetry for Children (Location: POET-CHIL)
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Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Eve Garnett
from Puffin Books
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
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Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Florence Storer
from Longmeadow Press
for 1st-5th grade
in Poetry for Children (Location: POET-CHIL)
Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Joanna Isles
from Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
for 1st-5th grade
in Poetry for Children (Location: POET-CHIL)
Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Thomas Kinkade
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for 1st-5th grade
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Child's Garden of Verses
Books of Wonder
by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Diane Goode
from HarperCollins
for Kindergarten-4th grade
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Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa
from Sterling Publishing Co.
for 2nd-5th grade
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Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Hilda Boswell
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Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith
from Weathervane Books
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Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Juanita C. Bennett
from Grosset & Dunlap
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Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Eulalie
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Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Henriette Willebeek Le Mair
from Philomel Books
for Preschool-1st grade
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Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Florence Edith Storer
from Charles Scribner's Sons
for Nursery-3rd grade
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Child's Garden of Verses
by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Ruth Mary Hallock
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