Teaching a “Poem of the Day” is a fun way to introduce children to the beauty of language, early reading skills, and the wonders of self-expression.

To help you get started, we’ve created a collection of themed and seasonal printable poems for kids in prek, kindergarten, first grade, and beyond.

Free Poetry Notebook for Kids

Get your kids excited for reading with a fun poetry notebook.

Creating a notebook of poems is easy, takes almost no prep time, and is a powerful learning tool!

👉 GRAB YOUR FREE POETRY NOTEBOOK PRINTABLES HERE.

Introducing the Poem of the Day

The Poem of the Day is a captivating practice where a new poem takes center stage each day.

This exciting routine allows children to immerse themselves in the world of poetry and nursery rhymes, building a deeper connection to language and reading.

Suggested activities to do with the kids when using poems to teach reading:

  • 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
  • mini-lesson
  • cloze reading/writing

Getting Started with the Poem of the Day

Begin by selecting a diverse range of poems, considering themes that resonate with your children or tie in with seasonal events.

Read the chosen poem aloud to the children, engaging them in a fun discussion about the poem’s meaning.

Invite kids to close their eyes and visualize the poem’s imagery as you read it again. This activity sparks their imagination and allows them to create mental pictures related to the poem.

Encourage dramatic interpretation by having children act out the poem, using expressive gestures and facial expressions.

Highlight interesting or challenging words in the poem and discuss their meanings. This exploration enriches their vocabulary and enhances language comprehension.

Use the Poem of the Day as a springboard for writing activities.

Children can write their poems inspired by the themes, emotions, or imagery they encountered in the daily rhyme.

Create a dedicated space to display each daily poem, accompanied by illustrations and decorations related to the theme.

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Get the Poem of the Day Bundle HERE or on TPT

Themed and Seasonal Poems for Kids

To elevate your Poem of the Day experience, we’ve prepared a delightful collection of printable poems that encompass various themes and seasonal wonders.

From captivating autumn leaves to joyous holiday celebrations, these poems will enchant and inspire your young learners throughout the year.

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

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Back to School Poems

  • All About Me
  • Riding the Bus
  • Families
  • Days of the Week
  • Hand Washing Song

Color 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.

  • Color Song
  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Purple
  • Black
  • Brown
  • White

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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
  • Leaves
  • 5 Little Pumpkins
  • I’m a Little Pumpkin
  • Halloween
  • Veterans Day
  • Scarecrow, Scarecrow
  • Ted the Turkey
  • 5 Little Turkeys
  • Funny Bird
  • Turkey, Turkey
  • Turkey Dinner
  • Handprint Turkey

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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

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Winter Poems for Kids

  • Chubby Little Snowman
  • Great Big Snowman
  • I’m a Little Snowman
  • I’m a Snowflake
  • Snowball
  • New Year’s Here
  • President’s Day
  • Dr. King
  • I’m a Little Groundhog
  • Brushing My Teeth

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Valentine’s Day Poems for Kids

  • My Valentine
  • Hearts
  • Valentine Friendship
  • I’m a Little Valentine
  • Valentine Handprint

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St. Patrick’s Day Poems for Kids

  • Leprechaun Stew
  • I’m a Little Leprechaun
  • I’m a Little Shamrock
  • Happy St. Patrick’s Day
  • Five Little Leprechauns

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Spring Poems for Kids

  • Caterpillar Garden
  • A Little Seed
  • Five Little Flowers
  • Spring
  • Spring is Here
  • Springtime
  • Recycle
  • This Old Earth

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Summer Poems for Kids

  • Caterpillar Garden
  • Summertime
  • Ladybug, Ladybug
  • Summer, Summer

End of the Year Poems and Songs

Some of these end of the year graduation poems, youtube read alouds, and songs are exclusive to the Poem of the Day Bundle.

  • 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 to Students from Teacher
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Poem of the Day Bundle

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 printable for every day of the school year!

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Our printable poems sell for $1.99 a piece. With 115 poems included, including the popular nursery rhymes, 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, many of which are exclusive to the bundle.

If you prefer to spend more than one day on a rhyme, we suggest doing a Poem of the Week activity. 

You can read more in the post, “Poetry Notebooks: Free Printables and Daily Schedule“.

Before you go, here are more posts you’ll enjoy:

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