Nothing beats equipping our kids with the knowledge they need to become successful individuals. In honor of National Poetry Month, below are snippets from some poems loves by little ones.
Bed in Summer (Robert Louis Stevenson)
This poem is from Stevenson's 1885 classic, "A Child's Garden of Verses." Would you want to sleep when you can hear the birds chirping outside?
In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
Read more at: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171943
The Cat in the Hat (Dr. Seuss)
Childhood isn't complete without hearing fiction works of Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat is one example of Dr. Seuss's creative narration that resonates with any kid.
I know it is wet
And the sun is not sunny.
But we can have
Lots of good fun that is funny
Read more at: http://www.mfwi.edu/MFWI/Recordings/cat%20in%20the%20hat.pdf
A Pizza the Size of the Sun (Jack Prelutsky)
Everyone loves pizza.
I'm making a pizza the size of the sun,
a pizza that's sure to weigh more than a ton,
a pizza too massive to pick up and toss,
a pizza resplendent with oceans of sauce.
Read more at: http://poetry-fromthehart.blogspot.com/2011/07/pizza-size-of-sun-jack-prelutsky.html
The Tyger (William Blake)
A fascinating poem from a remarkable poet, The Tyger may contain connotations only adults can understand, but still, a great piece for kids.
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
Read more at: http://www.eecs.harvard.edu/~keith/poems/tyger.html
Rabbit (Mary Ann Hoberman)
Short but crisp, Rabbit is a poem you can read to younger children.
A little bit
Little bit of beet
Because he liked the taste of it
Every Time I Climb a Tree (David McCord)
If you love to climb trees during your childhood, you'll relate.
Every time I climb a tree
I scrape a leg
Or skin a knee
And every time I climb a tree
I find some ants
Or dodge a bee
And get the ants
All over me.
Read more at http://www.semicolonblog.com/?p=21582
Dentist and the Crocodile (Roald Dahl)
A poem full of humor and imagination.
The crocodile, with cunning smile, sat in the dentist's chair.
He said, "Right here and everywhere my teeth require repair."
The dentist's face was turning white. He quivered, quaked and shook.
He muttered, "I suppose I'm going to have to take a look."
"I want you," Crocodile declared, "to do the back ones first.
Read more at: http://teachers.cpcsc.k12.in.us/jstanley/websites/Audio%20Poems/The%20Dentist%20and%20the%20Crocodile.htm