Children’s poetry continued

On Saturday we began a conversation about children’s poetry and where humor fits into the picture. Looking back through the comments, you will see a variety of positions taken and opinions given.I think the day was well spent, so much so that I’d like to pick up the chat again today. Some of you may not have been at your computers over the weekend so here’s your chance to join in.

If you need an introduction to our subject, reread the post for Saturday and review the comments posted by nearly three dozen participants.

So what do you think? You have a good chance today to add your thoughts.

On another subject, Lee Bennett Hopkins has completed his guest blog so I’m looking forward to bringing that to you in early February. I’ll post his bio the day before.


If you are interested in additional opportunities to enter your prose and poetry, go see Kathy Temean’s site today at . As always, Kathy keeps track of what’s going on and posts it to help her visitors find additional outlets for their creative efforts. Thanks, Kathy.

No poems from young poets yet this month but our adult division is alive and well! We’ve seen more poems posted in the first ten days than we have in any previous month. Lots of chatter too. Keep it up! We have plenty of time left for you to write your “time” inspired poem and share it with the rest of us. Teachers, we’re all waiting for those student masterpieces.


4 comments on “Children’s poetry continued

  1. I just forwarded your “principal letter” to our two elementary and middle school principals and to the high school English teachers. Hopefully you will have some more entries in the coming weeks and months.

    • Thanks, Yousei!

      This is about the time of month when we start seeing the first student poems come in. It takes longer in the classroom to complete the cycle, and it also builds anticipation for those who eagerly await the newest student work.


  2. What I like to tell kids is that we can write about all of our emotions — happy, sad, disappointed, excited. I think we attract kids to poetry with humor and hopefully engage them with the genre and then when they have fun or serious things to say, they will think of poetry as a means of self expression.

    • Hi Sara,

      Many thanks for chiming in from far away Morocco! It’s always great to hear from you and I appreciate your wise thoughts about getting kids started in fun ways to read and write poetry.

      Take care,


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