Poetry for Children

Today is Children’s Poetry day.  I must admit as a child I didn’t appreciate poets and poetry quite as much as I do now.  I thought I would share some great poets and their poems with you in inspiration and honor on this day.

Roald Dahl

“So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall.”

The official website and some activities you can do in conjunction with his poetry.

Eric Ode

“Grow me a poem of sunlight and soil.  Paint me a poem of canvas and oil…Sing me a poem, I’m ready to dream.”

You can learn more about Eric, and see more of his work at his website.

Kenn Nesbitt

“My cursive’s utter lack of style will make you want to curse. But, even so, I have to smile; my teacher’s writing’s worse.”

You can learn more about Kenn and read more poems at his website.

Shel Silverstein

“If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
If youre a pretender com sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
Come in!
Come in!”

You can read more about one of my favorite poets, Shel, at his website.

Jack Prelutsky

“A poet is not something you become; a poet is something you are.”

You can learn more about Jack at his website.

I’ve had lots of fun traveling down memory lane with these poets today!  Who are your favorite poets?  Share them below.


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