Poetry is expressive in a way that short stories and novels aren’t. Some children, especially verbally gifted ones, are interested in poetry. They like to read it and write it. But what if your child isn’t one of those child who find poetry appealing? You can still encourage your child to read and enjoy it. How? With some funny poetry books. A good way to encourage or nurture an interest in poetry is to to expose kids to poetry that appeals to their sense of silliness. Most kids love to be silly, so they’ll love silly and funny poetry. These 8 fun poetry books aren’t just funny, though. They are also quite clever. For an added bonus, they can help your child understand how poetry works.
There are actually four different “kids pick” poetry books, each full of poems selected by kids. The poems are pretty silly and some are rather clever, and some have a meaningful message. Here are a couple stanzas from the poem “I’m Glad I’m Me”
I don’t understand why everyone stares
When I take off my clothes and dance down the stairs
Or when I stick carrots in both my ears,
Then dye my hair green and go shopping at Sears …
Why can’t folks accept me the way that I am?
So what if I’m different and don’t act like them?
I’m not going to change and be someone I’m not.
I like who I am, and I’m all that I’ve got!
These books provide a fun introduction to poetry, especially for very young children who love to be silly. For ages 6 and up.
This book is a collection of over 90 poems by some of our favorite authors including Roald Dahl, J. R. R. Tolkien, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ogden Nash, John Ciardi, and Langston Hughes to name just a few. The poems are those that children ages 6 and up will enjoy, but what will help them enjoy these poems even more is the CD that comes with this book. Children hear fifty of the poems being read, which can help them better appreciate the rhyme and rhythm of poetry. Many of the poems are read by the authors themselves, do children can hear them just as the author intended them to be read!
It's raining pigs and noodles, it's pouring frogs and hats, chrysanthemums and poodles, bananas, brooms, and cats. Assorted prunes and parrots are dropping from the sky, here comes a bunch of carrots, some hippopotami.
The master of mischievous rhyme, Jack Prelutsky, and his partner in crime, James Stevenson, have whipped up a storm of more than one hundred hilarious poems and zany drawings. Grab your umbrella—and make sure it's a big one!
One way to deal with fears is to laugh at them. If your child is a little worried about monsters and things that go bump in the night, this is the perfect poetry book. In one poem, poor Frankenstein wanted to make a sandwich, but didn’t have bread, meat, cheese or mustard. So he thought he’d see if he could borrow something from his neighbors, but they just chased him off with torches and pitchforks. But they also threw all kinds of food at him so he had more than enough for a sandwich. At first he thought the neighbors were just rude, but then he thanked them for the food! Half of the fun, of course, is the poetic structure of the stories, with their rhyme and rhythm. For ages 7 and up.
This book is quite unique. It is full of poems that are essentially the musings of an 11-year-old boy. What does he muse about? Pretty much what any boy around that age would muse about: why he messed up in basketball, how he’d like a new pet, and how boring homework is. But like many boys that age, he also enjoys being gross (as in the poem “The Autobiography of Murray the Fart”). It’s not just the poetry that make this book a good one. The poems are often presented in quite clever shapes. For kids ages 10 and up.
This book of poems by Shel Silverstein is just wonderful for every child, but especially those who delight in language. As the title suggests, the book switches the initial sounds of two words. Here’s a little sample of what you can expect.
It’s a ferry vun rook to bead!
So if you say, “Let’s bead a rook
That’s billy as can se,”
You’re talkin’ Runny Babbit talk,
Just like mim and he.
If your child is interested in poetry and language, this is really a must-have book. The poetry is full of very clever word play. Take the title poem, for example:
Abie’s seedy effigy
Eight chide jake: a lemon
You are as tea…
What? That makes no sense! Yes, it does — try reading it out loud. You might need to read it more than once, but every English-speaking youngster will recognize a very familiar song. In addition to the poems, the book makes use of fun footnotes that explain terms and poetic devices (like eye rhymes). It’s a fun book to read that also helps children understand poetry. Pretty much everyone, from young children who will enjoy reading or listening to the stories, to older children (even adults), who will not only enjoy the poetry but also learn about it, will want this book!
Some poetry is written specifically for children. But that’s not true of the poems in this series of poetry for children. While the series offered by Sterling Publishing is aimed at young readers from ages 8 and up, the poets weren’t all writing with children in mind.
If you’ve met one gifted kid, you’ve met one gifted kid. In other words, gifted kids are not identical widgets produced on an assembly line. Each gifted child is unique. Isn’t that what we say about all children? Every child is unique. We certainly don’t expect other children to be …
Poetry is expressive in a way that short stories and novels aren't. Some children, especially verbally gifted ones, are interested in poetry. They like to read it and write it. But what if your child isn't one of those child who find poetry appealing? You can still encourage your...
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