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Parent Guide to Poetry

Parent Guide to Poetry

Help your children read, write, and share poems.

Book Lists

Tune your little one's ears to the magical cadences of rhyming tales.
Delight your child with the rhythms and sounds in these perfect books for read-alouds.
Treat your child to stories in verse and poetry collections that make learning to read a delight.
Discover a world of rhythm, rhyme, and free verse with engaging collections and novels for your middle readers.
Open your middle-schooler's mind to a world of language with these poetry collections and free verse novels.
Your tween will love being immersed in the brilliant world of award-winning author and poet Gary Soto.
Shel Silverstein's masterful collections of poems and drawings are at once outrageously funny and profound -- beloved by children of all ages.

Celebrate National Poetry Month


Clip it, pick it, write it!
Paint pictures with words and bring language to life.
Try these tips for creating poetry with preschoolers.
Teach your child that anyone can write a limerick with this fun template!


Learn how nursery rhymes help children learn to read.
Help kids get a balanced reading diet by slipping a poem or rhyme into a spare moment of the day.

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