• The Best Funny Poetry Books for Kids - great for poetry tea time.
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    The Best Funny Poetry Books for Kids

    Since April is Poetry Month I wanted to share a list of our favorite poetry books. I’ve actually already shared some of our all-time favorite poetry books so I thought I would great a list with a twist: our favorite funny poetry books.

    My kids love poetry, maybe it is because they are young yet, but I personally think the reason they love poetry is because of how we approach it, reading poems is usually done during poetry tea time. Except for us it’s more like poetry-hot-chocolate-and-cupcake time. I mean, what kid wouldn’t love that?! (Here’s more information on our relaxed poetry tea time.)

    I think this approach is brilliant (and I can say that because I didn’t make it up), and it’s a great concept to carry over in any area you find your child struggling or dreading.

    Do they fight when it comes to math? What if it was popcorn and math time? The popcorn can even be used as counters, sneaky math. 😊

    Do they despise reading? How about Brownies and Books? (I just made that idea up and now I kind of want to implement it.)

    Okay, how about we get on to the list of funny poetry books! If you have any suggestions you would like to add, please leave a comment and we’ll check it out!


    The Best Funny Poetry Books for Kids - great for poetry tea time.


    A Light in the Attic 

    A Light in the Attic delights with remarkable characters and hilariously profound poems in a collection readers will return to again and again.

    Here in the attic you will find Backward Bill, Sour Face Ann, the Meehoo with an Exactlywatt, and the Polar Bear in the Frigidaire. You will talk with Broiled Face, and find out what happens when Somebody steals your knees, you get caught by the Quick-Digesting Gink, a Mountain snores, and They Put a Brassiere on the Camel.

    Come on up to the attic of Shel Silverstein and let the light bring you home.


    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    If you are a dreamer, come in,
    If you are a dreamer,
    A wisher, a liar,
    A hope-er, a pray-er,
    A magic bean buyer …

    Come in … for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein’s world begins. You’ll meet a boy who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.


    Poetry for Young People – Lewis Carroll

    With fantastic characters and enchanting language, Lewis Carroll created magical wonderlands children have always loved to visit. These 26 selections from his classic works have never lost their fascination. Open the covers of this beautifully illustrated collection and take a magical journey through selections from his classic works, including Alice’s Adventures in WonderlandThrough the Looking GlassThe Hunting of the Snark, and Sylvie and Bruno. Humorous paintings by Eric Copeland gloriously depict both the beloved and fantastic characters—from the fearsome Jabberwock to the wacky Tweedledum and Tweedledee


    The Complete Nonsense Book

    Edward Lear was the greatest nonsensicalist of all time. He was the inventor of the limerick and created the Jumblies and The Owl and the Pussycat. This complete edition of Lear’s nonsense verse – including the limericks, longer verses, alphabets and his own illustrations – is lovingly restored and beautifully presented, for adults and children to enjoy together.



    Falling Up

    Millie McDeevit screamed a scream
    So loud it made her eyebrows steam.
    She screamed so loud
    Her jawbone broke,
    Her tongue caught fire,
    Her nostrils smoked…

    Poor Screamin’ Millie is just one of the unforgettable characters in this wondrous new book of poems and drawings by the creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic. Here you will also meet Allison Beals and her twenty-five eels; Danny O’Dare, the dancin’ bear; the Human Balloon; and Headphone Harold.

    So come, wander through the Nose Garden, ride the Little Hoarse, eat in the Strange Restaurant, and let the magic of Shel Silverstein open your eyes and tickle your mind.


    Every Thing On It

    Have you ever read a book with everything on it? Well, here it is! You will say Hi-ho for the toilet troll, get tongue-tied with Stick-a-Tongue-Out-Sid, play a highly unusual horn, and experience the joys of growing down.

    What’s that? You have a case of the Lovetobutcants? Impossible! Just come on in and let the magic of Shel Silverstein bend your brain and open your heart.


    I’m Just No Good at Rhyming

    We’ve enjoyed this book! Think: modern day Shel Silverstein. This book has us laughing out loud and creating our own funny poems.


    Let us know if you have other books you would add to this list!


    Interested in learning more about Poetry Tea Time? Check out my post from last year on how we keep ours relaxed and fun and you can also check out the Poetry Tea Time website for lots of fun ideas.

  • Poetry Tea Time in our homeschool
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    Easy & Enjoyable Poetry Tea Time in Our Homeschool

    Poetry Tea Time is something we’ve been doing for a few months now in our homeschool and I’ve had a few people ask about it.

    I first came across the idea of Poetry Tea Time on Instagram and through my rabbit trail found out that the idea started with Julie from Brave Writer. Of course it did, she’s brilliant.

    At first I didn’t even want to start with poetry tea time, feeling overwhelmed and like everything had to be perfect. And while I do love perfection, I just knew if that’s what it needed to be it wouldn’t happen.

    So, I threw the idea of perfection out of the window.

    I thought I would share how our (imperfect) poetry tea time looks in case you too are feeling overwhelmed with the idea.


    Poetry Tea Time in Our Homeschool - it's not perfect but we love it!




    Julie recommends Tuesday’s for poetry tea time but Tuesday’s are crazy days in our house with too much stuff on our plates already so I decided to do Wednesday. I like to do it after lunch so it’s kind of our dessert after lunch (and it keeps the kids from spoiling their appetites for lunch). The kids look forward to Wednesday just for Poetry Tea Time.



    I’ve collect a few tea things from thrift stores over the years and we use our mis-matched cups, saucers and tea pot for each PTT. The kids love using actual tea cups but seriously, don’t let it keep you from doing it.



    Some weeks we have fresh baking, other weeks the kids get chip crumbs from the bottom of the bag. I’m not above serving chocolate chips and marshmallows. It’s not usually fancy but they don’t care.



    *gasp*! Our poetry tea time does not always involve tea! Raeca has yet to try a tea she likes and I don’t blame her, I myself only found one I like a few months ago and that’s after years of trying a variety of teas. So, sometimes it’s iced tea or hot chocolate, whatever we are in the mood for really.



    We usually do a combination of poetry books and nursery rhymes. We read a couple poems out of one book and then go on to another one. Raeca and I both take turns reading and she picks out the poems she wants to read. I’ve included some of our favorite poetry/nursery rhyme books below.


    Great Books for Poetry Tea Time




    Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Fairy Poems

    The beautiful illustrations bring the poetry to life in this beautiful gift book.

    Readers will delight in this never-before published collection of poems from Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of The Little House on the Prairie:

    Day and night, wherever we go, fairies are out dancing, painting, and creating joyous mischief for all who can see them. Laura Ingalls Wilder shares her vision of the fanciful, ethereal, and mischievous world of the “Little People” in this first-ever collection of fairy poems she wrote in 1915. Accompanied by whimsical illustrations, readers young and old will cherish this book for a lifetime.


    When We Were Very Young

    Verses full of bubbling nonsense and rhythm, written for the author’s son, Christopher Robin. It is for “very small children (and for their elders who get a surreptitious joy from what is meant for their little ones).”


    Poems to Learn By Heart

    There’s a poem to celebrate every moment in life-whether it’s hitting a home run, watching a sunset, or laughing with your best friend. A poem is a gift of the heart that can inspire, reassure, or challenge us. Memorize it-share it-it’s yours forever.

    In this diverse collection, a companion to her New York Times #1 best-seller A Family of Poems, Caroline Kennedy has chosen more than a hundred poems that speak to all of us: the young and young at heart, readers new to poetry and devoted fans. These poems explore deep emotions, as well as ordinary experiences. They cover the range of human experience and imagination. Divided into sections about nature, sports, monsters and fairies, friendship and family, this book is full of surprises. Each section is preceded by Caroline’s thoughtful introduction reflecting her own family’s engagement with and enjoyment of poetry.


    A Child’s Garden of Verses

    Here is a delightful look at childhood, written by master poet and storyteller Robert Louis Stevenson. In this collection of sixty-six poems, Stevenson recalls the joys of his childhood, from sailing boats down a river, to waiting for the lamplighter, to sailing off to foreign lands in his imagination. Tasha Tudor’s watercolor paintings evoke a simpler time in the past, and celebrate two of the things she loves most — children and nature. Her talents are the perfect match for these inspiring poems, making this a handsome gift edition that will be cherished by families for generations.


    Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young

    First published in 1986 and just as fresh and relevant today, this widely acclaimed, child-friendly poetry anthology is now being reissued with a striking new jacket. In his introduction to this book Jim Trelease, bestselling author of The Read-Aloud Handbook, writes, “No one better recognizes the essence of the child-poetry connection than poet and anthologist Jack Prelutsky. . . . Here are more than 200 little poems to feed little people with little attention spans to help both grow. Marc Brown’s inviting illustrations add a visual dimension to the poems, which further engage young imaginations.” The poems are by 119 of the best-known poets of the 20th century.


    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein’s world begins. There you’ll meet a boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.