I have never been a person who adores poetry. In fact, I spent most of my childhood avoiding it – except for one author. Shel Silverstein.
Now that I’m older, perhaps wiser, I have read more poetry to my children than I have read in my entire life. Poetry is beginning to grow on me.
And I still love Shel Silverstein.
Silverstein is truly a children’s poet. He has more books published than I can list here, but my children and I have enjoyed his poems immensely.
He writes poems about every day kid stuff – being bored, talking to animals, school, taking the garbage out (or not), sticky peanut butter sandwiches and other food. He manages to make these rather mundane things enjoyable and funny. His poetry books have a good mixture of short and long poems. My favorite is “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take The Garbage Out” from Where the Sidewalk Ends.
Here’s a short excerpt from A Light in the Attic (Special Edition):
Everyone says, “Be creative.”
Invent something new and they’ll buy it.
But I’ve just invented this mustard ice cream,
And nobody here wants to try it!
If you’ve never read poetry to your children, please pick up one of Shel Silverstein’s books and start reading.