Fiction | 1 September 2015Poetry for Kids Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Reading is a magical thing. Of course we have our favorite stories and personal preferences, but to receive the full benefit of reading, any kind of book will do – fiction and nonfiction, picture books and chapter books, plays and short stories. As long as you’re reading something, you’re opening up your mind to different perspectives, learning how other people think and feel, learning how you yourself think and feel, and experiencing new adventures. Poetry, in its many forms (including poetry for kids!), offers a condensed form of this reading magic. Often no longer than a page and sometimes as brief as a couple lines, a poem packs all the emotion and imagery and satisfaction of a book into one tiny package. Because of their brevity, poems are very easy to love. When you find a poem that feels special to you – maybe it makes you laugh, reminds you of your mom, sounds like a song – you’ll want to reread it over and over again, and after time, will probably learn it by heart. This is the best part about poetry. A memorized poem is like a story you can carry around in your pocket and recite to yourself whenever you’re in need of comfort or a laugh. So dive into books, and hopefully you’ll find that special poem (or more than one) that feels meant for you! Here at Quarto we have a wide selection of children’s poetry collections on topics ranging from sports teams to nature, from emotions to classroom antics. Whether you’re in the mood for a deep think or a belly laugh, you’ll find just what you’re looking for amidst these collections. A is Amazing, a collection filled with vibrant illustrations by Piet Grobler, travels through the alphabet from “amazing” to “zestful” and offers a poem for every letter. These poems are just the ticket for young ones navigating new experiences and emotions, such as adjusting to a new stepmother or meeting a new baby sibling. All the Wild Wonders takes an appreciative look at the world around us. Filled with poems that praise nature and its creatures and that warn of what could happen if we forget to care for our environment, this collection is perfect for young environmentalists. Crazy Classrooms has poems about all things school, from playground crushes to the mysterious teachers’ lounge. Reading these funny poems will be like taking a walk down the school hallways. Find an excerpt in this previous post! I’m a Little Alien is a great collection for first time readers of poetry. Bursting with humor and kooky ideas, these poems take you for a journey into space and into the mind of a friendly robot. Let’s Play! travels around the world in the most fun way possible – by playing all sorts of international sports and games! Read about the skipping game in India, play tic-tac-toe in the US, and learn the meaning behind Japanese Judo in this eclectic collection. My Life as a Goldfish is bursting with snippets of poetry that go outside of the box with different perspectives and offer a great introduction to personification. What does life look like from the eyes of your pet goldfish? What would a lie say if it had a voice? Werewolf Club Rules, written by CLiPPA 2015 winner Joseph Coelho, packs a punch with a series of lyrical, spirited, and humorous poems. Learn more about Joseph Coelho and catch a sneak peek of his collection in this previous post. Here’s hoping these collections kick off a livelong love of poetry! Start your reading with the following excerpt from A is Amazing. Excerpted from A is Amazing Joy at the Sound by Roger McGough Joy at the silver birch in the morning sunshine Joy at the spring-green of its fingertips Joy at the swirl of cold milk in the blue bowl Joy at the blink of its bubbles Joy at the cat revving up on the lawn Joy at the frogs that leapfrog to freedom Joy at the screen as it fizzes to life Joy at The Simpsons, Lisa and Bart Joy at the dentist: ‘Fine, see you next year!’ Joy at the school gates: ‘Closed’. Joy at the silver withholding the chocolate Joy at the poem, two verses to go Joy at the zing of the strings of the racquet Joy at the bounce of the bright yellow ball Joy at the key unlocking the door Joy at the sound of her voice in the hall Stepmother by Jean Keyword My stepmother is really nice. She ought to wear a label. I don’t come in with a latch key, now – my tea is on the table. She doesn’t nag at me or shout. I often hear her singing. I’m glad my dad had wedding bells – and I hope they go on ringing. Stepmothers in fairy tales are hard and cold as iron. There isn’t a lie they wouldn’t tell, or a trick they wouldn’t try on. But MY stepmother’s warm and true; she’s kind, and cool, and clever – Yes! I’ve a wicked stepmother – and I hope she stays for ever! Author: Wendy Cooling Illustrated by: Piet Grobler Format: Hardback, 48 Pages ISBN: 9781847802552 Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: In The UK: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.