Cover of book "The 20 Little Poems for 20 Little Gnomes"

It has been quite a while since I have written a book review. When WOW: Women on Writing offered the opportunity to review a children’s book of poetry, I knew it was time to jump back in. This colorful children’s book of short poems, by Raven Powell, is perfect to read with a young child.

Disclaimer: Strength 4 Spouses was given a complimentary copy of the book mentioned in this blog post in exchange for an honest review.


The 20 Little Poems for 20 Little Gnomes book of poetry is for children of all ages. Each page contains a short rhyming poem with a different theme and vibrantly illustrated pages by Nazli Tarcan. The themes throughout the book build upon the curiosity of children and mirror many of their common experiences from the outdoors to emotions and the need for a hug. Children will find comfort in each of the “20 Little Poems.”


The poetry in this book was engaging enough for my 3 year old. That’s a huge strength. While some of the themes might have been advanced for his age, he enjoyed the illustrations and the short rhyming poetry. It is important that we challenge our children with new vocabulary and ideas. This book provides a mix of the familiar and builds upon the curiosity young children have about the world around them.

My Final Thoughts

I highly recommend this book for children ages 3-7. It’s engaging enough for a 3 year old and the content is advanced enough for a seven year old. This book is perfect for those with short attention spans as each poem has it’s own theme and quick message. The illustrations are very vivid and enjoyable for children, as are the rhyming short poems.

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About the Author

Raven Howell sitting on a bench

Raven Howell writes stories and poetry for children. Having published several award-winning picture books, she enjoys sharing her love of literature by visiting classrooms and libraries. Raven is Creative & Publishing Advisor for Red Clover Reader, served as Poetry Director for Monster Magnificent, and writes The Book Bug column for Story Monsters Ink magazine. Her poems are found in children’s magazines such as Ladybug, Spider, Highlights for Children, Humpty Dumpty, and Hello Magazine. She’s an editor, and collaborating author for Reading is Fundamental SoCal. When not writing, Raven enjoys sunshine and the beach, spending time with her family, hiking, laughing, reading, goofing around with artwork, and inventing new recipes.
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