Celebrating National Poetry Day


There is a wealth of reasons why poetry and rhyme are beneficial to a child’s development. One of our suggestions is the fact that children just want books to make them laugh, therefore, we have listed some great poems for kids and some brilliant bookmarks to add even more excitement to reading poetry…

See our top three reasons for encouraging the love of poetry to children:

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    Poetry is great for students who are a little intimidated by mass and complexity when it comes to reading, or if they simply struggle with reading and writing, poetry can deliver the same impact in short and sweet stanzas.

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    Poetry helps develop memory – rhythm and rhyme are excellent ways to instil words and phrases in the brain and its fun too. It allows them to be expressive when reading and writing poems and encourages them to play around with language and words, which are also great for developing memory function and retention.

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    It has been reported that up to 70% of children want books to make them laugh! Poetry is a fantastic medium to put a smile on their faces.

Gresswells’ recommended ‘Funny poems’ for children and teachers alike:

Get children giggling and analysing the errors in this cleverly written, humerous poem written by – Alan Batler:

Englksh Is A Pane 

Hear eye sit inn English class; the likelihood is that eye won’t pass
An F on my report card wood bee worse than swallowing glass
It’s knot that eye haven’t studied, often till late at knight
Butt the rules are sew confusing, eye simply can’t get them write

Hour teacher says, “Heed my advice, ewe must study and sacrifice”
Butt if mouses are mice and louses are lice, how come blouses aren’t blice
The confusion really abounds when adding esses two nouns
Gooses are geese, butt mooses aren’t meese; somebody scent in the clowns

Two ultimatums are ultimata, and a couple of datum are data
Sew wouldn’t ewe expect it wood bee correct fore a bunch of plums to be plata?
And if more than won octopus are octopi, and the plural of ox is oxen
Shouldn’t a couple of busses bee bussi and a pare of foxes bee foxen?

Let’s talk about spelling a wile, specifically letters witch are silent
Words like “psychologist” and “wreck” shirley make awl of us violent
And another example quite plane witch is really hard two explain
If it’s eye before e except after sea, then what about feign and reign?

The final exam will determine how eye due, weather eye pass ore fail
I halve prepared as much as eye can down two the last detail
I’m ready two give it my vary best inn just a little wile
And then isle take a relaxing wrest on a tropical aisle

Please Mrs Butler –  Alan Ahlberg

Please Mrs Butler
This boy Derek Drew
Keeps copying my work, Miss.
What shall I do?

Go and sit in the hall, dear.
Go and sit in the sink.
Take your books on the roof, my lamb.
Do whatever you think.

Please Mrs Butler
This boy Derek Drew
Keeps taking my rubber, Miss.
What shall I do?

Keep it in your hand, dear.
Hide it up your vest.
Swallow it if you like, my love.
Do what you think best.

Please Mrs Butler
This boy Derek Drew
Keeps calling me rude names, Miss.
What shall I do?

Lock yourself in the cupboard, dear.
Run away to sea.
Do whatever you can, my flower.
But don’t ask me!

Not Done Your Homework – Josie Whitehead

There are a million, billion reasons
Why their homework’s not been done
But listed here are some of them
And I think you’ll find them fun

‘My baby brother tore it up
And ate it for his tea.’
‘Our Puppy came and sniffed at it,
then used it for a wee’.

‘I left it in the house somewhere,
But where, I had forgotten.
Dad, thinking it was toilet paper,
Used it on his bottom.’

‘It got mixed with the washing,
Then went through the machine,
But look! We saved the paper
And it came out really clean!’
‘I prefer to do my homework
In the cemetery at night – b u t
A ghost came up and scared me
And I dropped it in my fright.’

Michael Rosen’s

Book of Very Silly Poems

Various Authors

Read Me and Laugh

Allie Esiri

A Poem for Every Autumn Day

And just because its Autumn…

Why not get children enthused with a poem for every Autumn day this Autumn term? The book includes some best-loved classics such as ‘John Keates ‘To Autumn’ and Fall, Leaves, Fall’ by Emily Bronte.

Check out Gresswells’ favourite bookmarks for making poetry even more exciting!

Scratch-and-Sniff Bookmarks

These Scratch-and-sniff Bookmarks are a fun way to promote reading. With reading incentive messages such as ‘Cool Reader’ and ‘Pop open a GOOD BOOK’ each bookmark has a scratch-and-sniff panel revealing a tantalising smell. Available in a choice of mouth-watering aromas!

Origami Activity Bookmarks

Or Show off your origami skills with our Origami Activity Bookmarks. Create your own fox, penguin, rabbit, or whale by making your own bookmarks with these fantastic packs.

Fun Facts Bookmarks

There’s a bookmark for everyone in our Fun Facts range. Learn more about the world around us from everyday facts to animals, sports and space. Each bookmark has a visual depiction of the fact featured with additional information on the back. Six designs per pack.

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