“So, you might ask, “What’s the big deal? Why is poetry so important?” Poetry is essential for children because it is “the best words in the best order.” The rhythm and rhymes can help children develop a love a language—and a love of reading. Once kids begin flexing their writing muscles, poetry can spark their creativity and let their imaginations soar!” Sharing the Power of Poetry with Your Child, J. Patrick Lewis, PBS Parents

Michael Rothenberg, co-founder of 100,000 Poets (and friends) for Change, has created a special initiative this year, “Read a Poem to a Child.”

Readers have asked for suggestions: Toward that end, I’m putting out this call for your recommendations of children’s collections, specific poems or the poems you’ve written for children.  I’ll create a post with everything to be shared here and on The Bezine blog and include a link to your website, blog or Amazon page.  So, let us know your recommendations and give us your link in the comments section below. Thank you!

Don’t forget to join us at The BeZine for our virtual 100TPC, September 29th.


Poet and writer, I was once columnist and associate editor of a regional employment publication. Currently I run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded.  I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writers.

My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s PorchVita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation PressThe Bar None GroupSalamander CoveSecond LightI Am Not a Silent PoetMeta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman.


  1. I found this website that I will put below for my son that really helped him be prepared for pre-k this year. He learned a lot of new skills, including how to read small sentences. I hope you try this for your children. kidsthatcare.car.blog

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  2. I would like to recommend a favorite of mine, which comes with a CD also. It is called, “Poetry Speaks to Children,” edited by Elise Paschen. It is a quality book and has lovely illustrations.

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      1. ok here goes

        PUSSY CAT

        Pussy Cat
        Pussy Cat,
        I hear you meow,
        There’s none but the silence,
        None but us two.

        Where were you roaming?
        Where have you been?
        I know you were prowling,
        And what have you seen?

        Your eyes are so huge,
        The City is wide,
        But one thing is sure,
        You’ll stay by my side.

        Pussy Cat
        Pussy Cat,
        I love you too,
        We’ll someday be parted,
        But our love is true.

        Here you are sitting
        A warm ball of fluff,
        Your meaning is love,
        Your presence enough…


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