Why do kids love poetry when they’re two, but by the time they are twelve they find it disgusting?
I think it’s a combination of:
- adult / parent messages about their dislike for the genre, or discussing how “hard” it is, or that it’s “for girls”
- limited exposure
- quantities of poor quality poetry available! (read the good stuff!!)
I really believe if we’d just continue to share poetry with our children (boys especially) after the preschool years, then it would be a natural part of their reading in later years. A genre they’d come to accept as easily as comic books, magazines, and novels!
Most of all, let’s just avoid passing on our own negative feelings about poetry. Just as I curb my “I hate math” feelings around my kids, I’d encourage all parents to curb expressing their own negative experiences with poetry as well. I am sure you had an English teacher who beat you over the head with Rudyard Kipling’s “IF” but… there’s no reason our children have to have the same discouraging academic experiences we had!
Poetry Kids Will Actually Enjoy
I’ve created a Pinterest board of Poetry Kids Will Actually Love to give you some ideas for books to share with your children (and I am sure your local librarian can help as well!).
Please enjoy this list, and follow the board to stay updated as I add more titles! Be sure to pin your favorites!