Did you know that today is National Poetry Break Day? I know it sounds like I'm making this up, but I promise you that this is the real deal. And why not? It's the middle of winter. It's Monday. And it sounds like the perfect time to take a break from work/school/chores and read a little poetry with your kids.
Think your kids might object to an afternoon poetry slam? Never fear — it's likely that they won't want to stop reading once they get started. The key is to pick the right poems — those that appeal to a kid's love of whimsy and rhyme. And fortunately, there are plenty of great poems to choose from.
Here are 10 great poems to get you started:
- "Squirrel," by Mary Ann Hoberman
- "At the Seaside," by Robert Louis Stevenson
- "First Grade," by William Stafford
- "Dentist and the Crocodile," by Roald Dahl
- "At the Zoo," by William Makepeace Thackeray
- "Casey at the Bat," by Ernest Thayer
- "The Raven," by Edgar Allen Poe
- "The Wind," by Christina Rossetti
- "Mrs. Mitchell’s Underwear," by Dennis Lee
- "Nonsenses," by Edward Lear
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