Aileen Fisher's "Fall" and "A Leaf," Judith Viorst's "Summer's End" and Jack Prelutsky's "Fall" are four harvest poems for children to read. Others include Harry Behn's "The Last Leaf," Mary Hamrick's "Autumn" and Winifred C. Marshall's "In Autumn."Continue Reading
Most harvest poems describe the shift from summer to autumn, autumn itself, Thanksgiving or the coming winter. Older children may enjoy Aileen Fisher's "Fall," which describes the dismantling of a house in preparation for winter. While the poem is fairly straightforward, it ends with the subject wondering where ladybugs go for the winter, if they even have someplace to go.
Some harvest poems describe how seasons change and what these changes mean. Judith Viorst's "Summer's End" marks the end of summer by counting flowers as they die, watching butterflies disappear and realizing that she can't stop summer from ending. James S. Tippett's "Autumn Woods" describes how autumn feels and appears while standing in the woods.
Start younger children with shorter poems. Aileen Fisher's "A Leaf," for example, interests children because it rhymes, repeats words and describes what a child's life would be like if that child were a leaf. Marian Kennedy takes that notion one step further in her "A Bed in the Leaves," which describes how a child enjoys raking a pile of leaves and jumping in it. Jack Prelutsky's "Fall" imagines how a child stuck in school feels during the fall, when leaves change colors and the air turns crisp and cool. Winifred C. Marshall's "In Autumn" also imagines how children on their way to school feel about autumn. They skip along as leaves change colors and fall, cover flowers and "spread a fairy carpet" along the street.Learn more about Poetry
Some suitable poems to use to say goodbye to students include Helen H. Moore's "Summer's Here," “Aloha’oe (Farewell to Thee)” by Queen Lydia Kamakaeha Lili’uokalani and “Farewell” by Emily Dickinson. Teachers, professors and colleagues can also make up their own poems for a more personal goodbye.Full Answer >
Simple poems for children include Mary Ann Hoberman's "Growing," John Ciardi's "About the Teeth of Sharks," Lewis Carroll's "The Crocodile" and William Makepeace Thackeray's "At the Zoo." All of these poems are relatively short and consist of simple rhymes that make them easy for children to memorize.Full Answer >
There are a few excellent and touching poems about foster children available both online and in print. Perhaps two of the finest are "To My Foster Parents With Love" by Karen Cummings and "For All That You Have Given Me" by Dimitri Shostakovich.Full Answer >
A cute poem for young children is called "Mine" by Lilian Moore while another short poem is called "First Grade," written by William Stafford. Others include "Valentine," a poem by Donald Hall and "About the Teeth of Sharks," which teaches kids about shark's teeth.Full Answer >