National Poetry Month is just about over, yet I am squeezing in one last poem for you and your kids to enjoy as part of the Poetry Reading Challenge. In fact, I do hope that you will continue to enjoy reading poetry well beyond the month of April.
If you enjoyed the challenge, please let me know your experience! Did your kids get into it? Were you able to read the poem of the week each day? Did you do any extension activities? These posts have been the least popular all month, but I admit that I looked forward to writing them more than the others! That's always the way, isn't it? (If you are new to the challenge you can start at any time! Read the "rules" on the introductory post.)
One of the best unexpected benefits that came out of this challenge was that both of my kids ended up memorizing the poems simply by reciting them every day. There was no intentional memorization but they liked to "show off". My boys are quite competitive and neither wanted to be outshone by the other!
I could not end this poetry celebration without sneaking in something by William Shakespeare. Not only is Shakespeare my favorite poet, but yesterday was his 450th birthday. It was hard for me to choose a passage, there are so many I adore. In the end I let someone else make my decision for me. I have been reading How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare (that's an affiliate link) and these lines make up the beginning of the first selection the author uses.
Printer friendly copy --> A Midsummer Night's Dream poem
Poetry books for further reading:
If you are looking for collections that include a strong variety of poems, these are three of my favorites. (Affiliate links below.)
Poems to Learn by Heart and A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children. Yes, it's a bit cheesy that these two books are edited by Caroline Kennedy, but they are actually very well-curated collections. Jon J. Muth's illustrations are divine.
The Random House Book of Poetry for Children. I love Prelutsky's poems, and this is a collection of contemporary and classic poems he chose. The wonderful illustrations are by Arnold Lobel of Frog and Toad fame.
Poetry Book Lists: