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June Blog 2024: Poetry

June 9, 2024

June Blog 2024: Poetry


How can we encourage children to love poems and rhymes?

Poems and rhymes cry out to be shared and read aloud. They should be chosen to interest your child, select them together. Gather your favourites, discarding the least favourable. Entertain, enthral, delight, amuse and have a laugh.

Poems should be a joy and a pleasure.

The importance of poetry in our lives

Poetry teaches speech patterns, pitch, voice, and inflection. It encourages creativity and taps into children’s imaginations. Through poetry we can learn to understand and appreciate the world. It extends our capacity to empathise and see life through another’s eyes.

The value of poetry

Poetry supports the development of children’s emotional literacy. They learn to manage and reflect on their feelings, and behaviour.

Children love rhymes

Rap and nursery rhymes can be easy to teach and memorise. Inspiring artistic expression, enriching vocabulary, expanding abstract and critical thinking.

Beat and patterns are important to the development of language, aiding storytelling.

As children learn poems by rote, they can recite aloud, hearing their own voice. This develops expression and intonation.

Actions in poetry can mean lots of lovely, lively physicality, with clapping, standing up, sitting down, turning around, hands up, hands down, and moving to the actions.

The main reasons to include reading and memorising poetry with your child are to:

  • Have fun.
  • Develop sounds, rhythmic and expressive language.
  • Improve memory, vocabulary, and reading fluency.
  • Help express and understand feelings.
  • Include the diversity of hearing many different voices.
  • Promote physical development with beats and movement.
  • Inspire creativity by writing their own poetry.



Books to share on rhymes and rhythm to be read aloud again and again:

  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss (HarperCollins)
  • Don’t Forget the Bacon by Pat Hutchins (Red Fox)
  • Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (MacMillan)
  • Oi Frog! By Kes Gray and Jim Field (Hodder)
  • Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you see? by Bill Martin jr and Eric Carle (Puffin)
  • There’s a Bear on my Chair by Ross Collins (Nosy Crow)
  • Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg (Puffin)
  • Where’s my Teddy by Jez Alborough (Walker)
  • Pass the Jam Jim by Kaye Umansky and Margaret Chamberlain (Red Fox)
  • Mr Magnolia by Quentin Blake (Red Fox)


Ten brilliant poems for children

  • On the Ning Nang Nong by Spike Milligan
  • The Jumblies by Edward Lear
  • The Common Cormorant or Shag by Christopher Isherwood
  • As Soon as Fred Gets Out of Bed by Jack Prelutsky
  • Please Mrs Butler by Allan Ahlberg
  • Buckingham Palace by A. A. Milne
  • The Cow by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Matilda by Hilaire Belloc
  • Snowball by Shel Silverstein
  • Little Boy Blue by Darren Sardelli