Saturday, December 04, 2010
Feed Their Minds: Give Kids Poetry This Christmas
Yet even those kids who prefer DVDs may find flicking through a little poetry book more fun than perhaps they imagined.
Especially if you buy NEW poetry for kids - not the old anthologies of lovely but antiquated Victorian verse that most people stumble across at some point and think, 'Ah - poetry for children!'
So, in between forking out for the gaming equipment and the Barbie doll accessories, pause a moment and think about buying a few smart and attractive stocking fillers as well - a few books of children's poetry from Salt Publishing.
And the poetry inside them is pretty fantastic too!
Try John Mole's All The Frogs and Angela Topping's beautiful The New Generation for starters.
Philip Gross, John Siddique, Phil Bowen, Robert Hull, Rupert Lloydell ...
And in the New Year, come back and let me know what your kids thought of them. This is how you seed a new generation of poets.