Tips for parents: How to enjoy poetry with young children

Together with Disney Junior, the Poetry Society commissioned poet Coral Rumble to write a guide to help parents and carers enjoy poetry with under 7's to accompany the Disney animated 'A Poem is...' series.

"We believe it is important for parents to share poetry with their children at a young age in order to build their foundation for learning to read and present them with a great vehicle for individual expression as they grow older.”

Poetry Society president, Roger McGough

'A Poem is...' launched in summer 2012 and showcases poetry set to iconic moments from some of Disney's classic animation films such as Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and Pinocchio. Celebrities Matt Smith, David Walliams, Richard Briers CBE, Jessica Hynes and Michelle Dockery are among the all star cast who have teamed up to narrate the series.

Download the guide here

More ideas for parents...

Originally conceived for use in a classroom setting, our newly revamped Poetryclass lesson ideas include a whole wealth of fantastic and fun ways to explore poetry with your child at home. Activities based on children's favourites Edward Lear and Grace Nichols, amongst others, are great fun to try at home.          

Purchase one of our beautiful poetry posters for the home or bedroom

Our Youth Membership for young writers aged 11-17 can nurture a love of words and writing                                                  The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award for 11-17 year olds: a great way to inspire your child to write         



    Find out more about our Young Poets Network for 13-25 year olds - a fantastic free online resource with workshops, competitions, resources and opportunities