Poetry Month – Children’s Poems

If the sustained success of Dr. Seuss is any indication, kids and poetry go together like peanut butter and jelly.  Fun rhymes can be a great way to help young readers get started.  We had a few books of bedtime rhymes when I was little but this one was always my favourite.


It contains a variety of short poems. Including this delightful one:

By Polly C. Boyden

Mud is very nice to feel
All squishy-squash between the toes!
I’d rather wade in wiggly mud
Than smell a yellow rose.

Nobody else but the rosebush knows
How nice mud feels
Between the toes.

Every time I read this I’m pulled back to that feeling of being barefoot in the summer and playing in mud puddles at the cottage.  It really is a lovely feeling!

And this one is my absolute favourite of the bunch.  By Alfred Noyes, who also wrote “The Highway Man”, another poem that I quite enjoy.

Daddy Fell into the Pond

Everyone grumbled. The sky was grey.
We had nothing to do and nothing to say.
We were nearing the end of a dismal day,
And there seemed to be nothing beyond,
Daddy fell into the pond!

And everyone’s face grew merry and bright,
And Timothy danced for sheer delight.
“Give me the camera, quick, oh quick!
He’s crawling out of the duckweed.”

Then the gardener suddenly slapped is knee,
And he doubled up, shaking silently,
And the ducks all quacked as if they were daft
And it sounded as if the old drake laughed.

O, there wasn’t a thing that didn’t respond
Daddy fell into the pond!


This brings us to the end of poetry month posts.  I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of the poems that I like. Feel free to share your own favourites in the comments!


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