July 27th, 2016
The poem "Wishing" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox is filled with sage advice about how to make the world a better place. You can listen to an mp3 of it here and read along with the text below… MP3 Recording of Wishing Wishing Do you wish the world were better? Let me tell you what to […]
March 15th, 2015
A Noiseless Patient Spider was written by Walt Whitman in the 1860’s. The spider in this poem is a metaphor for the human soul. Listen to an mp3 recording of the poem while reading along with the text below… MP3 Recording of A Noiseless Patient Spider A Noiseless Patient Spider A noiseless patient […]
May 28th, 2014
The great American poet Maya Angelou passed away today at 86. In honor of her life and work, I’m posting this recording she did of her children’s poem, "Life Doesn’t Frighten Me at All". You can listen to it below. RIP Maya Angelou.
February 12th, 2013
Sometimes, life is grand because of that one perfect moment, like in the poem below… MP3 of Jenny kiss’d Me Jenny kiss’d Me By Leigh Hunt Jenny kiss’d me when we met, Jumping from the chair she sat in; Time, you thief, who love to get Sweets into your list, put that in! Say I’m […]
December 17th, 2012
Wandrers Nachtlied is the title of two different poems written by German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The 2nd poem was written in 1780. This is the one we’re featuring here. It’s considered by many to be the most beautiful poem in the German language. Here you can read the original poem and listen to […]
October 5th, 2012
What is Success? is a poem written by Bessie A. Stanley. It’s a poem that explores what it means to live a full, fruitful, compassionate life. These are topics that are important to speak with children about. You can listen to the poem and read along below… MP3 of What is Success? What is Success? […]
July 27th, 2012
Here’s the poem To a Grandmother by Christopher Morley with an mp3 recording: MP3 of To a Grandmother To a Grandmother At six o’clock in the evening, The time for lullabies, My son lay on my mother’s lap With sleepy, sleepy eyes! (O drowsy little manny boy, With sleepy, sleepy eyes!) I heard her sing, […]
June 20th, 2012
My son Calvin is graduating from High School this weekend, which made me think about the poem If by Rudyard Kipling. It’s a parent’s advice to their child about life. I think it’s a wise and fitting message for graduates. MP3 of the poem “If” If— by Rudyard Kipling If you can keep your head […]
June 7th, 2012
Here’s a lovely poem to express appreciation for nature and trees in particular. It’s perfect for Earth Day or Arbor Day. MP3 of Long Live the Trees Long Live the Trees So long as the rivers flow, So long as the mountains rise, May the forests sing to the skies And shelter the earth below. […]
June 1st, 2012
Be True is a poem by Scottish poet Horatius Bonar (1808 – 1889). These are words to live by… MP3 of Be True Be True Thou must be true thyself, If thou the truth wouldst teach; Thy soul must overflow, if thou Another’s soul would’st reach! It needs the overflow of heart To give the […]
April 30th, 2012
The poem May Day by American poet Sara Teasdale (1884 – 1933) has lovely imagery. Though it seems to end on a melancholy note, you can think of it in light of appreciating the time on earth we have… MP3 of May Day May Day A delicate fabric of bird song Floats in the air, […]
April 25th, 2012
Here’s the poem Joys of Youth by English poet John Clare (1793 – 1864). MP3 of Joys of Youth Joys of Youth How pleasing simplest recollections seem Now summer comes it warms me to look back In the sweet happiness of youths wild track Varied and fleeting as a summer dream Here have I pausd […]
August 9th, 2011
Here’s a poem about a 6 week old baby… Recording of the Poem Six Weeks Old Six Weeks Old by Christopher Morley He is so small, he does not know The summer sun, the winter snow; The spring that ebbs and comes again, All this is far beyond his ken. A little world he feels […]
July 1st, 2011
I came across this poem recently and really liked it… My Flower By Ira Titus One night in May in a clear sky The moon was a daisy flower: And! put it in my coat, A bouquet of Love! Now I shall wear it When I go Along the city streets: The people will say […]
May 17th, 2011
INFANT JOY "I have no name; I am but two days old." What shall I call thee? "I happy am, Joy is my name." Sweet joy befall thee! Pretty joy! Sweet joy, but two days old. Sweet joy I call thee; Thou dost smile, I sing the while; Sweet joy befall thee! William Blake (1757-1827) […]
February 28th, 2011
Jack Marvin wrote to me a little about reading Eugene Field’s poems back in the ’50’s and about “old age” in modern times… Thank you for posting Field’s poems. I haven’t read them for years and they are delightful to rediscover. In 1952 as a high school senior, I read “Jest For Christmas” at our […]
January 7th, 2011
This poem will turn your mind inside-out! Maybe I felt that way because I was listening to this poem amid a bunch of Wallace Stevens’ other poems. They’re very unique. Older kids and adults will enjoy The Snow Man more than younger kids. You might have to read the poem a couple of times to […]
November 13th, 2009
This is a short, four lined poem that encompasses a child’s life from birth till death. It seems sad, yet it’s really a wish for a happy life full of people who care for the child… The Babe On parent knees, a naked new-born child, Weeping thou sat’st while all around thee smiled: So live, […]
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In 'Kid Songs Around The World' we've gathered 100 of our favorite songs and rhymes from all the continents of the globe.
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