April is National Poetry Month, but poetry is forever, so whether you are reading this post during National Poetry Month or not, it is time to start your life long love of poetry. Long time readers (hugs and kisses for you!) know I am a poetry fanatic. It’s sad really, how much I try to convince you that you should also embrace poetry. But I can’t stop. This year, instead of a guided poetry month challenge I’m merely instructing (okay, I’m bossing you around) you to memorize a poem with your kids.
You can do it.
It’s actually not as hard as you think. In fact Amy, of Sunlit Pages, as collected all her genius tips for how to memorize poetry with kids just for you here, and today I’m supplying you with a few extra suggestions of classic poems for kids to memorize.
If you ever memorized a poem as a kid I bet you can remember part or all of it today. A memorized poem lives with you forever.
In fact, I want to make it so easy for you, I’ve collected 5 classic poems for kids (AND YOU, TOO) to memorize and even created a handy-dandy printable for you. Just fill in your email below and we’ll send it right to you.
Oh, and don’t forget that poetry is one way your kids will remember peaceful bedtime moments FOREVER. (<— click on that link to read about what I mean!)
- “My Shadow” by Robert Louis Stevenson (1915)
- “A Bird Came Down” by Emily Dickinson (1891)
- “The Owl and the Pussy-cat” by Edward Lear (1871)
- Passage from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (c. 1590)
- “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll (1871)
My favorite books (affiliate links) with poems perfect for memorizing:
More Poetry Resources
- 8 ways poetry calms kids
- How to memorize poetry with kids
- Poetry reading challenge (perfect for beginners). This is a great resource if you want short poems to memorize and help you get to know poetry before you try to memorize a long poem.
- Poetry writing challenge: Learn to write poems (perfect for beginners!!)
- Spring poems for kids
More Modern Classic Poems for Kids to Memorize:
If you want poems that are slightly more modern, you will find links below to a few of my favorites that are still under copyright. Since I am deathly afraid of violating copyright laws, the printable includes only poems that are in the public domain. I’ll let the owners of the websites linked below worry about copyright laws.
The Tale of Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash (1936) – This was a BIG hit with my kids.
Maggie and Milly and Molly and May by e.e. cummings (1956)
Still I Rise by Maya Angelou (1978 – best for older kids!)
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (1974)
This is Just to Say by William Carlos Williams (1962)
Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes
Ode to My Socks by Pablo Neruda
Here’s my last challenge for you. After your child has memorized his or her poem, or (ever better!) after you have memorized it as a family, record your family reciting the poem with Sound Cloud. Won’t that be a super awesome souvenir for your family!