Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Poetry for Kids

I have very fond memories of reading Shel Silverstein books as a child and was ridiculously excited when our 6 year-old came home asking to read Where the Sidewalk Ends. His teacher had read some poems in class and he thought I'd like them, too. I surprised him by pulling my childhood copy of the book down from the shelf and we started reading immediately.

Poetry has a bad reputation here in the U.S. Folks grow up scared of poetry or overly enthused that it can "mean anything" because "no grammar rules apply." Of course, there's no reason to be afraid and yes, there are some fundamental guidelines that can help a poem be a poem.

Here are some books and lists to get you started reading poetry with your child:

Shel Silverstein (author page)

About the book Poetry Speaks to Children (NPR)

10 Wonderful Children’s Poets You Should Know, article by Emily Temple (LitHub)

Gwendolyn Brooks’s Trailblazing Vintage Poems for Kids, Celebrating Diversity and the Universal Spirit of Childhood, article by Maria Popova (brainpickings)

Poems Kids Like (poets.org)

Black History Month: Poems for Kids (poets.org)

Children's Poetry (poetry foundation.org)

Joseph Coelho’s top 10 new poetry books every child must read (Guardian)

50 Must-Read Poetry Books for Kids, article by Margaret Kingsbury (BookRiot)





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