A lot of people automatically reach for story books when looking for something to read with their children but there are plenty of benefits from reading poetry; it teaches rhythm, encourages emotive speech and vocabulary and gives children something a bit different to keep that spark of interest alive. Here are a few poetry books to try out with your little ones, whether you’re reading with them or to them.
Dirty Beasts- Roald Dahl.
This collection of poems are all short funny stories about animals including a pig who decides to save his own bacon and a child-eating crocodile called Crocky-Wock. Like his non-rhyming stories, they’re light-hearted, clever and a bit naughty.
Wriggle and Roar- Julia Donaldson.
Perfect for younger children, this collection of poems are short and about everyday subjects so good for dipping in and out of. It also encourages actions so kids can get up and moving.
Please, Mrs. Butler- Allen Ahlberg.
‘Please, Mrs. Butler’ will take you straight back to your school days. It’s been one of the most popular poetry books for over 25 years.
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats- T.S.Eliot.
The book of whimsical poems that the musical ‘Cats’ is based on is full of colourful cat characters such as Mr.Mistoffelees and the Rum Tum Tugger. Like other poetry collections there are several different rhyme and rhythm structures to explore.
Mustard, Custard, Grumble Belly and Gravy- Michael Rosen.
These funny, often silly poems are illustrated by Quentin Blake, who illustrated Roald Dahl’s children’s books. As there is such a variety of moods and themes, you can find a poem for any time of the day.