Saturday, April 9, 2016

Day 9 ~ How to Write a “Kids' Poetry & Fractured Nursery Rhymes” for “30 Poems in 30 Days” #NationalPoetryMonth

Are we having fun yet? Isn’t that what kids always want to know? I think poetry with and for kids is TONZ’ of fun. As a mom, grandmother and former teacher I think poetry really resonates with children. They come up with the most amazing poetry. So, for today, Saturday when your kids are hanging around – I’m going to give you some resources about where to find kids’ poetry, help with teaching it or just encouraging your own child to write it and also give you some links to places that can help you write poetry for kids. When all of that is done… we will create a poem from one of the many styles that kids love.

So, if you think you want to know any of the above – continue reading… if you just want the poem form for today … scroll on down to get it. Either way, enjoy!!

OK, first, poems for kids. There are so many writers out there that specialize in writing poems for kids. Just do a search and see for yourself so I’m only going to highlight two or three.

First off, is Charles Ghigna ~ often referred to as “Father Goose” because his poetry for kids is so prolific and so much fun. He is the author of more than 100 award-winning books for Random House, Disney, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, and other publishers, and more than 5,000 poems appearing in textbooks, anthologies, newspapers and magazines. Pretty amazing! Plus, he’s a really nice guy. Check out his website: Father Goose: Children's Author & Poet

Charles Ghigna also offers a very helpful blog - especially for our 30 poems in 30 days: How to Write a Poem: Tips on Tapping into the Magic of Your Muse

Another fun kids’ author, Katie Davis, shares "Five Tips on Writing a Poem" from her guest poetry poster, Jane Yolen!

Here’s a site you’ll want to bookmark: "Poetry 4 Kids" known as Kenn Nesbitt’s Poetry Playground. You’ll find all kinds of help there; lots of links and lots of fun.

You can do a search to find more links!!


In order to do this one, chose a familiar nursery rhyme, notice the rhyming pattern and start changing a few words in order to make it funny. So, don't laugh but here's my sample:

Pussycat, pussycat, where have you been?
I've been to London to visit the Queen.
Pussycat, pussycat, what did you there?
I frightened a little mouse under her chair.

Pussycat, pussycat, where have you been?
Well, if you must know, I’m dating the hen
Pussycat, pussycat, what did you there?
We danced 'til her feathers flew everywhere.

You can check out Kenn’s site for some good advice on this. He suggests for “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” – How about “Ride, Ride, Ride Your Bike,” or “Pet, Pet, Pet Your Cat?” Here’s the link to his ideas: How to writea fractured nursery rhyme

He gives these 3 basic steps:
1). Pick a poem or song here: LIST OF NURSERY RHYMES 
2). Find the words that rhyme
3). Choose new rhyming words to make a new poem or song

Here’s my next attempt:

Jack, be nimble,
Jack, be quick,
Jack, jump over
The candlestick.

Jack, be helpful,
Jack, be kind,
Jack, if you’re not,
I’ll spank your behind.

Oh dear – let’s hope you all do better than I.  Have fun!!!

PLEASE REMEMBER ~ any poetry found on this blog, written by me, is my personal property and may not be used without my permission, other than sharing it as an example in a lesson or to read it to someone. The same goes for any poems that are shared in the comments of this blog or elsewhere online as a result of this challenge. They are the creative property of the person who writes them. These poems are their original work and no one may use them without their permission. It is understood that they own the copyright for to them as soon as they post them. Thanks so much!

Also, if you choose to post your poems on your own blog ~ that’s awesome. But PLEASE don’t just copy and paste my daily instructions, but rather post your poem on your blog or you FB wall or wherever AND LINK BACK TO THIS BLOG POST for others to come here to read the instructions. I’ve spent considerable time researching the poetry forms and writing them up to share with you. Thanks for respecting my work. 


Heidi Murphy said...

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the king's soldiers
And all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.

And mine:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Why he did so I can't say at all.
Cause eggs belong in the fridge or the plate
Not hanging around near the garden gate.

See the other on my blog at

And while we're asking about vagrant food,
Why was he thinking the horse would be good
For sticking shells back together with glue?
And king's men would certainly rot at it too.

Unknown said...

Here's the original:

A tisket, a tasket
A green and yellow basket
I wrote a letter to my love
And on the way I dropped it

I dropped it, I dropped it
And on the way I dropped it
A little boy picked it up
And put it in his pocket

And now mine:

A tisket, a tasket
A ball and then a basket
I put the ball up in the sky
And missed that silly basket

I missed it, I missed it
I missed that silly basket
Somebody else picked it up
And they didn't miss the basket!

Unknown said...

That was me again, Vicki Firth