Leverage Digital Resource to Spark Child’s Interest in Poetry

Digital resources have their place in a child’s reading diet.  These tools help us nurture a love of reading and writing.  Today, Beth from iGameMom is sharing some of her favorite digital resources for poetry.

Through the work on my blog iGameMom, I have discovered many great learning tools for kids on various subjects. Poetry for kids has been our focus at home for a while. Today I am sharing some digital resources we used and tips on using digital resources, such as apps, CDs.

Digital Resources for Helping Kids Fall in Love with Poetry

The best advantage of many digital resources is the portability. I have several poetry apps on my iPad, no matter where we are, we can find a poem to read together. It is nice that I don’t have to remember bringing books. This portability enables us to read poems at any place whenever we have a couple of minutes, and it directly contributes to the exposures my son has to great poems.

One of our favorite poem app is iF Poems. It is a poem app specially designed for kids, with 270 classic poems. All contents are kids appropriate, and all poems are categorized into different age groups for easy search.

Another big benefit of digital poetry resources, especially apps, is the search feature. For example, in the app iF Poems, users can search for poems by title, poet, subject, or just words used in the poem. Over the time, I learned it is important to choose poems on subjects that the child is interested in or is in the mood for at the moment. The search feature in the apps makes it not only possible, but also easy to find the right poem at the right moment.

Lastly, most digital resources have built in visual and sound effects that make the poems easier to follow for kids. One of my son’s favorite is the CD from Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. We have it in the car, and it is our most played CD during our car rides.

How do you engage kids in poetry? What is your favorite poetry resource for kids?

About the Author:

Beth Cheng is the founder of iGameMom, a website dedicated to helping parents find high quality educational resources on mobile devices. You can also find helpful tech tips and fun kids learning activities on her site. To find more digital learning resources, please visit iGameMom website, or join the community on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Twitter.

National Poetry Month and a GIVEAWAY

April is National Poetry Month.  To honor the poetry genre, we’ll look at my top ten children’s poetry books.  Plus, one lucky reader will win one of my favorite poetry books!  Drumroll please…

1.  Sing a Song of Popcorn

Not only does it contain a great collection of poetry (over 100 poems), but it also features the illustrations of nine Caldecott artists.  Poems are clustered into topics such as “Spooky Poems” and “Mostly Nonsense”.  It also includes my favorite poem, “Sunflakes”.

2. Hailstones and Halibut Bones

This is a short book that explores the vivid imagery of twelve different colors.   A book for all ages.

 “Black is the night

When there isn’t a star

And you can’t tell by looking

Where you are.”

3. Where the Sidewalk Ends

A favorite poetry list must include something by Shel Silverstein.  The collection is full of humorous poetry with Silverstein’s own illustrations.

4. A Pizza the Size of the Sun

Jack Prelutsky is a well-known children’s poet.  The book contains over 100 humorous poems.

5.  Spectacular Science

Lee Bennett Hopkins selected the poems for this book.  You will find poems about magnets, metamorphosis, snowflakes,  stars and more.

6.  Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers (A Collection of Family Poems)

Mary Ann Hoberman showcases families in this collection of poems from “Cousins are Cozy” to “When Annie Was Adopted”.

7.  Snuffles and Snouts

A whole book of poetry about pigs!  Steven Kellogg illustrated the collection.  It’s a beautiful and fun book.

8.  At the Crack of the Bat

Just in time for baseball season, Lillian Morrison has compiled over 30 poems about the beloved sport.  Take me out the ballgame!

9.  Monster Soup and Other Spooky Poems

This collection features poets such as Rowena Bennett, Jack Prelutsky, Beatrice Schenk de Regniers and more.  Poems are silly and spooky, but not scary!

10. The Random House Book of Poetry for Children

A powerful duo of Jack Prelutsky, who compiled the poems, and Arnold Lobel, who illustrated the book,  equals one classic poetry book to have in your collection.  It has always been one of my go to resources for great poems.  I like it so much that I giving a copy away to one lucky reader!

Giveaway Guidelines

You have multiple chances to win a hardcover copy of The Random House Book of Poetry for Children.

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There you go!  Four ways to win!  Entries will be accepted until 4/8/12 at 9:00pm (CST).  The lucky giveaway winner will be randomly selected the week of 4/9/12 and announced on this site.  The winner will have 5 days to contact me with mailing information.  If the winner does not contact me within the given time, another winner will be selected.  Good luck!

And, don’t forget to celebrate Poem In Your Pocket Day on April 26th.  Simply carry around your favorite poem in your pocket for the day and share it with others.

*Check out my linky party page to see where I’ve linked to this week.