Poetry for Kids

Poetry for Kids

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On Halloween Night – Podcast Episode
October 21, 2019

There’s a word game I like to play now and then called “Change One Letter.” The object of the game is to change a word, one letter at a time, to make it morph into a completely different word. Each time you change a letter,

An Ogre Came Over for Dinner – Podcast Episode
October 14, 2019

Every October, I love to write a few monster poems and Halloween poems. This one is a fun little story about what would happen if an ogre came to your house for dinner. When I write, I often like to play with the rhythm of the words and the rhyme schem...

My Dog Likes to Dig – Podcast Episode
September 30, 2019

The word “hot dog” is a is an interesting one with several different meanings. Most commonly, it is another word for a frankfurter or wiener. Frankfurter, by the way, means “from Frankfurt.” Frankfurt is a city in Germany. Similarly,

I Washed Our Dad’s Car – Podcast Episode
September 23, 2019

I love a good joke and I love a good limerick. This poem isn’t quite a limerick because the first line doesn’t rhyme with the second and fifth lines, but it’s close; it has the same rhythm and length, and almost the same rhyme scheme. So,

I’ve Started Learning Honkish – Podcast Episode
September 16, 2019

When I was in elementary school, I spent a lot of time learning to make silly faces and strange voices. I taught myself how to wiggle my ears, raise one eyebrow at a time, and pucker my lips like a fish. I learned how to talk like Donald Duck and Micke...

Mammals – Podcast Episode
September 09, 2019

List poems can be so much fun to write. All you need is a beginning and an end, and then you can make a list in the middle as long or as short as you like. Shel Silverstein’s poem “Sick” and Jack Prelustky’s “Bleezer’s Ice Cream” are a couple of classi...

What to Remember in School – Podcast Episode
September 02, 2019

I recently added a lesson to poetry4kids showing different ways write a poem using repetition. You can repeat entire stanzas, creating a chorus or refrain in the poem. You can repeat lines, as Robert Frost famously did at the end of “Stopping by Woods ...

Bob’s Job – Podcast Episode
August 26, 2019

Some people love puns, while others hate them with a passion. People who don’t like puns often call them “groaners” because they groan when they hear them. Personally, I love a good pun. My friend, the poet Jack Pretlutsky once told me he thinks a good...

When the Teacher Isn’t Looking – Podcast Episode
August 19, 2019

This poem has a rather interesting history. After publishing my first book, The Aliens Have Landed at Our School!, my editor asked if I could write an entire collection of funny poems about school. I assured him that I could and set to work creating a ...

I Can’t Wait for Summer – Podcast Episode
August 12, 2019

I often feel that summer is the best of all seasons, especially when you’re in school for the rest of the year. In the summertime, you don’t usually have to go to school. Instead you can swim, play in the park,