Poetry has been a love of ours for a long time now. This is the third year that we’ve consistently worked on memorizing poems throughout the school year and my kids have really enjoyed that and they always amaze me with their ability to memorize longer works really quickly. My friend and I came across the idea from a Read Aloud Revival podcast of having a “Poetry Tea Time” and we organized one for our kiddos. What could be more fun than sharing scones, tea, and hilarious poems?
One book in particular that we’ve been enjoying lately is Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices. These Poems are so clever and are great fun to try to read together. There is the added challenge of working together and often having different lines at the same time and when they’ve been practiced and done well, they sound really cool! We plan to also get the other book by the same author, I am Phoenix: Poems for Two Voices.
I’m also really loving a series of poetry books called “Poetry for Young People”. Most of these are collections from one particular writer, though a few are from several. In each book, you’ll find a nice introduction about the writer. The poems often include some background information and define words that might be more challenging. The illustrations are nice, yet don’t give you the feeling you’re reading a book for very young children. I think my kids will happily enjoys them for years to come without feeling “too old” for these picture books.