What to Read This Summer: Poetry for Children

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Welcome to the week 8, the final week of Tails and Tales, the 2021 summer reading program!

Reading to children from birth is an important part of introducing them to language, building vocabulary and a lifelong love of reading.  Even very young children can benefit from reading and hearing poetry. While it’s sing-song nature is soothing, poetry can also help children learn about phonemic sounds,  build vocabulary and encourage creativity – all important in building literacy skills.

If your ready to give poetry a try, here are some of our favorite poetry books for children of all ages.

Among a Thousand Fireflies by Helen Frost

Follow Follow:  A Book of Reverso Poems by Marilyn Singer

Hard-Boiled Bugs for Breakfast by Jack Prelutsky

Here’s a Little Poem:  A Very First Book of Poetry compiled by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters

Hi, Koo!:  A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Swirl by Swirl:  Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman

The Tale of Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Don’t forget to pick up your week 8 game card!

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