Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Poetry for Children

We don't "do" poetry appreciation. Or for that matter, copywork or memorization either. Less than 10 times a school year-dictation is about as far as we've gone into such realms. But the kiddo will read poetry for fun and I wonder if it's because we don't do it in a structured way that he loves choosing from our poetry collection at home. In fact, he adores funny poetry and for that reason, to date, Ogden Nash and Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky are his favorites.

Here are poetry anthologies and collections and single-poet books he's loved. As well as titles we hope to be reading soon:

The Tree That Time Built: A Celebration of Nature, Science, and Imagination


The Hutchinson Treasury of Children's Poetry: his Christmas gift in 2006 when he was just about 4 years old. Still a highly treasured tome even if it's sans dust jacket now.

A Family of Poems by Caroline Kennedy: LOL, gosh I still remember trying to schedule this when I was following April's wonderful Mosaic ancient history curriculum. We've covered so much more ground and enjoyably too, not scheduling it.

A Child's Introduction to Poetry: Listen While You Learn About the Magic Words That Have Moved Mountains, Won Battles, and Made Us Laugh and CryThe Tree That Time Built: A Celebration of Nature, Science, and Imagination: a relatively new addition to our collection, it features many sweet, nature-themed poems.

A Child's Introduction to Poetry: a homeschooler's favorite, along with Poetry Speaks to Children, and Hip Hop Speaks to Children.A Child's Introduction to Poetry: Listen While You Learn About the Magic Words That Have Moved Mountains, Won Battles, and Made Us Laugh and Cry


Ogden Nash's ZooMy boy's current favorite poet...and I keep getting to listen to recitations from a very reluctant-to-read-aloud kid too so this tells you how much he loves the man.

still researching others...will update this list once we've found ones we like :)


One of my favorite poets too :) Will always be grateful to Sheila for clueing us in on this intelligent and funny poet.

A Pizza the Size of the SunPizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem


He usually spends some of our waiting-to-pick-up-Dad trips (my hubby works close to a Borders outlet) reading a Silverstein book:
Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook

Please suggest books you or your child has loved too :)


  1. Thanks for this list, Suji. My son loves humorous poetry and he's a big fan of Shel Silverstein. We'll have to try some Ogden Nash.

  2. Glad it's helpful Michelle. Still have lots of funny poets to discover so if you have suggestions I'd love to hear them :)

  3. Hi Suji,

    Thank you for coming over to my space and commenting on the other day. Strangely I never thought I would be in any danger when growing up, so quite carelessly took risks I think.. I acquired more fear after I became responsible for someone else in my life..like kids, lol!

    Your ds sounds a lot like mine! Archenia loves giggle and funny poems, and he is easily amused by things. I am more delighted to see him laugh at things than the things he is reading and laughing at :)). i am not sure if you have checked these...apologies if these are repetitive or not to your ds interest levels...It has been a while, so not remembering the age levels and such.

    Also, ahem, we are not sure of the books we have picked and laughed reading are high quality lit...we just pick books randomly and some turned out to be better than others....hopefully some are enjoyable to you too?

    Calef Brown has some interesting books


    I found this book quite interesting as I am NOT good at coming up with good funny sayings and poems

    Edward Lear ones
    I remember ds enjoying this one http://www.amazon.com/Comets-Stars-Moon-Mars-Paintings/dp/0152053727/ref=pd_sim_b_5

    Nice illustrations if I remember http://www.amazon.com/Beast-Feast-Poems-Douglas-Florian/dp/0152017372/ref=pd_sim_b_3

    This is a nice one

    May not be able to relate to this as it is about school, but fun to read

    A neat one

  4. It would not allow the long message, so here is part 2. I am not even sure if these are something repetitive...because these are not the unusual finds, as you would have naturally found these too...




    check out other books by him

    If you like these, let me know...I will share the other such silly ones too:)


  5. Yippeee :)! Thank you Subadra! Yes, I forgot to mention Lear. Kiddo likes his limericks a lot. Will check the rest out tonight!


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