Poetry for Kids – 22 Must Read Poems for Children

Poetry and Kids - Poems

Reading Poetry offers a multitude of benefits for children. It kindles a love for language and helps build literacy. It helps children understand themselves and others and helps to cultivate invaluable qualities like compassion and empathy. Poetry can also have a calming effect on kids!

There are many poems that children can enjoy. Poets like Edward Lear, A. A. Milne and William Blake wrote many poems for children. Many of these are available online. There are plenty of Poetry Books for children too!

6 Ways to help children enjoy poetry:

  1. Poetry Posters – Put up their favourite poems where they can see it.
  2. Poetry Books – Invest in good poetry books and keep them accessible.
  3. Poetry Reading – Read a poem every day. You can read funny and silly poems that children will love.
  4. Poetry Memorization – Read and memorize a poem. Start with a short poem and go on with longer ones. A great way to exercise those memory cells.
  5. Poetry Recitation – Recite poems as often as possible. Try reciting poetry when angry or stressed to calm down, or when on a road trip or while watching the sunset!
  6. Poetry Writing – Makeup poems and limericks. It can be funny or silly or absolutely nonsense!
  7. Poetry Recording – After your child has memorized the poem record them reciting the poem with Sound Cloud or similar. It will make a wonderful memory to look back on!

Here are some poems that every child must read:

22 Must Read Poems for Children:

  1. Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

  2. The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear

  3. From a Railway Carriage by Robert Louis Stevenson
  4. Mind without fear by Rabindranath Tagore
  5. Macavity, the Mystery Cat by T. S. Eliot

  6. Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou
  7. The Dentist and the Crocodile, by Roald Dahl
  8. On the Ning Nong Nang by Spike Milligan

  9. The Adventures of Isabel, by Ogden Nash
  10. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost
  11. The Tiger Who Wore White Gloves, or, What You Are You Are, by Gwendolyn Brooks
  12. Every Time I Climb a Tree, by David McCord
  13. The Tyger, by William Blake
  14. Life by Sarojini Naidu
  15. Maggie and Milly and Molly and May by e.e. cummings
  16. Earth Shining in Glory by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
  17. Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
  18. Sick from Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. Read 11 of Shel Silverstein’s Most Weird and Wonderful Poems.
  19. This is Just to Say by William Carlos Williams
  20. Ode to My Socks by Pablo Neruda
  21. Then Laugh by Bertha Backus
  22. Night of the Scorpion by Nissim Ezekiel

Poetry Books For Children

Have you read these 13 Poetry Books for Children yet?

Poetry Resources Online







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