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:
- Poetry Posters – Put up their favourite poems where they can see it.
- Poetry Books – Invest in good poetry books and keep them accessible.
- Poetry Reading – Read a poem every day. You can read funny and silly poems that children will love.
- 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.
- 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!
- Poetry Writing – Makeup poems and limericks. It can be funny or silly or absolutely nonsense!
- 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:
- Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
- The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear
- From a Railway Carriage by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Mind without fear by Rabindranath Tagore
- Macavity, the Mystery Cat by T. S. Eliot
- Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou
- The Dentist and the Crocodile, by Roald Dahl
- On the Ning Nong Nang by Spike Milligan
- The Adventures of Isabel, by Ogden Nash
- Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost
- The Tiger Who Wore White Gloves, or, What You Are You Are, by Gwendolyn Brooks
- Every Time I Climb a Tree, by David McCord
- The Tyger, by William Blake
- Life by Sarojini Naidu
- Maggie and Milly and Molly and May by e.e. cummings
- Earth Shining in Glory by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
- Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
- Sick from Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. Read 11 of Shel Silverstein’s Most Weird and Wonderful Poems.
- This is Just to Say by William Carlos Williams
- Ode to My Socks by Pablo Neruda
- Then Laugh by Bertha Backus
- Night of the Scorpion by Nissim Ezekiel
Poetry Books For Children
Poetry Resources Online