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115 Best Poem of the Day Printable for Kids
Poem of the Day is not just for National Poetry Month, or World Poetry Day. These poems are going to get your kids excited to read every day of the year . I absolutely love writing and finding new poems for kids, and am beyond excited to share this collection of poems for kids with you!
Poem of the Day
When doing a poem of the day, you can introduce a great poem in many different ways.
Most importantly, you get to choose how much time, and the best way, you spend on introducing the poem of the day for kids. In other words, you will know your kids learning styles best, and know whether you should introduce a new poem every day, or revisit previous poems for review.
The positive with doing a new poem every few days is the novelty. The kids are constantly excited for the new poem, and never get bored with the same one day after day.
Could you do a new poem every day? Yes. However, especially with the younger kids, I recommend spending a couple days on a poem. Remember. the more familiar they are with the poem, the more confident they will become as readers.
Every day or so, I would make sure to do at least 2-3 of the following activities:
- shared reading
- echo reading
- letter/word hunts
- practice concepts of print
- highlight sight words
- buddy read
- build a poem
- illustrate to surprise (they had to draw a “super good” illustration on the BACK of the poem. It had to be good enough to surprise their partner, or lucky listener. We were looking for the wow factor, not rushing to be done.)
- make up movements
- sing the poem
- cloze reading/writing
As you can see, the activities are very similar when you compare the two poetry options. It truly is just a matter of preference. If you’d rather take more time on a poem, do it! Do the routine that works best for you!
Either way, you can keep the poems in a 3-ring binder, or folder, so the kids will have an awesome poetry notebook at the end of the year. Fridays were the fun days, because they got to take the poetry notebooks home, and read the poem(s) to a lucky listener.
Fortunately, with e-learning, or distance learning for kids, is on the rise, a poetry notebook is a easy-to-assemble reading tool for any household. Let’s now take a look at the benefits of using poetry to learn to read.
Benefits of Poems for Kids
First off, if you haven’t tried using poems for kids, yet, try it! I promise you will quickly see the benefits of using poetry with kids.
Along with my personal experiences and opinions, I’ve also gathered facts from google scholar to show why you, too, should start integrating poetry, today! Who knows; perhaps your students will love poems, be inspired by their favorite poet, and one day join the Academy of American Poets.
- ,Silly poems make kids laugh. Laughter releases serotonin in our brains, which makes us feel better and reduce stress.
- Build communication
- Increases listening skills
- Build vocabulary
- Builds expressive and receptive language skills
- The rhythm in poems helps kids be more aware of their feelings.
- Poems can guide classroom management (i.e. transitional poems)
- Shared readings of rhyming poems increase confidence in reading (Stange and Wyant, 2008)
- Poems increase the kids desire to read more
- Increases student engagement
- Poetry fosters a positive learning environment
- Builds understanding of and ability to hear rhymes and produce rhyming words
- Encourages writing in a non-judgmental way
- Encourages creative thinking
115 Fun and Short Poems for Kids
Whether you’re looking for an entire collection, seasonal poems, or ideas for poetry notebooks, here is a peek at some of my favorite poems to get kids excited to read.
I’m so excited to share with you what I’ve been working on for years. Yes, it’s true; I’ve been collecting and writing simple poems for kids for years. But, it wasn’t until recently that I worked on bundling all of the poems into one year-round Poem of the Day collection.
When you click on the links to your favorite poems, you will be taken to a youtube video that allows you to play the audio poem of the day to your kids. The audio recordings are great for the teaching of poetry, displaying examples of poetic expression, and inspiring kids to write their own poem .
Back to School Poems
When teaching kids about colors, I wanted simple poems that incorporated the spelling of the color words, and examples of colored objects. This way, the kids can make a better connection while reading or singing color songs.
Fall Poems for Kids
Fall is my favorite season of the year. These poems about autumn cover everything from apples to a Thanksgiving handprint poem.
- A is for Apple
- 10 Little Apples
- 5 Little Pumpkins
- I’m a Little Pumpkin
- Veterans Day
- Scarecrow, Scarecrow
- Ted the Turkey
- 5 Little Turkeys
- Funny Bird
- Turkey, Turkey
- Turkey Dinner
- Handprint Turkey Poem
Christmas Poems for Kids
- Christmas Lights
- Gingerbread Man
- I’m a Little Reindeer
- Ring the Bells
- Where is Santa
- Christmas Handprint – Everlasting Mistletoe
- Five Little Reindeer
Winter Poems for Kids
- Chubby Little Snowman
- Great Big Snowman
- I’m a Little Snowman
- I’m a Snowflake
- New Year’s Here
- President’s Day
- Dr. King
- I’m a Little Groundhog
- Brushing My Teeth
Valentine’s Day Poems for Kids
St. Patrick’s Day Poems
- Five Little Leprechauns
- Happy St. Patrick’s Day
- I’m a Little Leprechaun
- I’m a Little Shamrock
- Leprechaun Stew
Spring Poems for Kids
- Caterpillar Garden
- A Little Seed
- Five Little Flowers
- Spring is Here
- This Old Earth
Mother’s Day Poems
Easter Poems for Kids
Short Animal Poems for Kids
- Gray Squirrel
- 5 Little Bats
- Sleeping Bats
- I’m a Little Penguin
- My Funny Cat
- Ladybug, Ladybug
- The Lion and The Unicorn
- Winter Animals
Summer Poems for Kids
Printable Nursery Rhymes for Kids
- Hey Diddle Diddle
- Hickory Dickory Dock
- Humpty Dumpty
- Itsy Bitsy Spider
- Jack and Jill
- Little Miss Muffet
- One Two Buckle My Shoe
- Row Your Boat
- The Wheels on the Bus
- Twinkle Twinkle
- Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
- A You’re Adorable
- I’m a Little Teapot
- It’s raining, It’s pouring
- London Bridge is Falling Down
- Little Bo Peep
- Mary Had a Little Lamb
- Peter Piper
- Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
- One, Two, Three, Four, Five
- There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
- To Market, To Market
- Yankee Doodle
This Nursery Rhyme collection has all the poems you see above, plus more – a total of 35 printable nursery rhymes!
End of the Year Poems and Songs
The links to these end of the year graduation poems and songs are exclusive to the Poem of the Day Bundle. You can view the poems using the links provided inside the resource.
- ABC Kindergarten Graduation
- Pre-K Graduation Alphabet Rap
- Kindergarten Graduation Alphabet Rap
- First Grade Graduation Alphabet Rap
- Pre-K Graduation: We Will Rock You
- Kindergarten Graduation: We Will Rock You
- First Grade Graduation: We Will Rock You
- End of Year Poem to Students from Teacher
Poem of the Day Bundle
Oh, my goodness, I am so excited I can barely contain myself. Seriously, while typing this, I’ve had to delete and rewrite my thoughts several times. I don’t want to sound like I’m shouting off the rooftops for you to grab your Poem of the Day collection….but GET YOUR KIDS EXCITED TO READ! Whatever that takes. Poems, books, magazines, whatever. My sweet friend, Hanna from My Literacy Space, just posted a meme that fits perfectly with this blog post. It says “A child who reads will be an adult who thinks!”
If you’re as excited as I am about using poetry to get kids wanting to read and building fluency, then grab your POEM OF THE DAY BUNDLE, today! You’ll have a poem for every day of the school year!
My printable poems sell for $1.99 a piece. With 115 poems included, this bundle is worth $230!
Not only will you get the 115 printable poems, you will also be getting the links to the poems being read aloud on YouTube. These are unlisted links. They cannot be seen unless read on this post, or using the links provided in your Poem of the Day Bundle.
Poem of the Day Reviews
“Simple poems that are relative to the time of year are hard to find. This is a treasure! Now I have poems that I can use throughout the year and with various activities. We will read them over and over!’ (Cynthia R)
“Poems are a great way to build fluency in the classroom!” (Stevee T.)
“You are my go-to resource person for poems for our poetry books. The students are so excited each week to see what new poem we are going to add. Thanks for the great variety!” (Cristina S.)
Get Your Poem of the Day Year-Round Bundle
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