October 4th, 2017
The Ant Explorer was written by the humorous Australian poet, C. J. Dennis (1876 – 1938). It was first published in A Book for Kids in 1921. This poem is about the sugar ant, which comes from Australia Below you can listen to an mp3 recording of the poem and read along with the text. MP3 The Ant Explorer The […]
May 16th, 2017
The moon is a wonderful topic for children. We can all remember the magic of watching the moon follow us on our way home at night. Below you can listen to the poem “The Kind Moon” by Sara Teasdale and read along with the text… MP3 Recording of The Kind Moon The Kind Moon by […]
May 2nd, 2017
The beauty of the poem “Fog” by Carl Sandburg lies in its simplicity. You can read the poem below and listen along with the recording… MP3 of Carl Sandburg’s Poem Fog Fog The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on. ***** Read by […]
April 18th, 2017
“Go Plant a Tree is a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox from 1918. I thought it was fitting to share with Earth Day coming up this weekend. You can hear a recording of the poem below and read along with the text. Enjoy! -Mama Lisa MP3 Recording of Go Plant a Tree Go Plant a […]
March 30th, 2017
Here’s a sweet little poem entitled, “A Fairy Artist” by C.C. Long, with an mp3 recording by Abby… MP3 of The Fairy Artist The Fairy Artist Oh, there is a little artist Who paints in the cold night hours Pictures for little children Of wondrous trees and flowers! Pictures of snow-white mountains Touching the snow-white […]
January 2nd, 2017
Happy New Year! Here’s a poem for the new year by Laura E. Richards from her book "Five Minute Stories". It was published back in 1895. You can listen to a lovely recording of it being sung by Ezwa and read along with the text below… MP3 of New Year Song New Year Song "New […]
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 […]
July 17th, 2016
"Summer" is a lovely poem written by English poet, Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894). It reminds me of those endless summer days of childhood, when you take the time to observe every little flower, bird and spider. Below you can listen to a recording of Summer while reading along with the text… MP3 Recording of […]
June 20th, 2016
The Pig and The Sheep is a little Aesop’s fable. You can listen to it below and read along with the text… MP3 Recording of The Pig and The Sheep The Pig and The Sheep A Pig found his way into a meadow where a flock of Sheep were grazing. The shepherd caught him, and […]
June 19th, 2016
Here’s a short, little Aesop’s Fable called The Moon and Her Mother with an mp3 recording… MP3 Recording of The Moon and Her Mother The Moon and Her Mother The Moon once begged her Mother to make her a gown. "How can I?" replied she; "there’s no fitting your figure. At one time you’re a […]
June 11th, 2016
Infant Joy is a beautiful poem by William Blake from his collection of poems that he illustrated himself in 1789 called, "Songs of Innocence". Here you can see his lovely illustration and listen to the poem while you read along… MP3 Recording of Infant Joy Infant Joy I have no name: I am but two […]
February 12th, 2016
The French poem, "Ceux qui sont amoureux" was written by French poet Joachim du Bellay (1522 – 1560). You can listen to the poem below and read along with the original text, followed by an English translation… MP3 of Ceux qui sont amoureux Ceux qui sont amoureux Ceux qui sont amoureux, leurs amours chanteront, Ceux […]
February 3rd, 2016
Here’s an amusing little poem about becoming a grown-up by Edna St. Vincent Millay… MP3 Recording of Grown-up Grown-up Was it for this I uttered prayers, And sobbed and cursed and kicked the stairs, That now, domestic as a plate, I should retire at half-past eight?
January 13th, 2016
The poem, "A Glee for Winter" by Alfred Domett celebrates winter as a time to spend with family and friends singing and dancing. Below you can read the poem while listening to a recording. Enjoy! -Lisa MP3 Recording of A Glee for Winter A Glee for Winter Hence, rude Winter! crabbed old fellow, Never merry, […]
December 14th, 2015
Gingerbread Cookies are an important part of the holiday season in Germany. They’re sold in Christmas Markets that are found all over Germany at this time of year. The creation of the Gingerbread Man is credited to the court of Queen Elizabeth I. The story is that she had gingerbread man cookies made to resemble […]
December 8th, 2015
An den Winter is a German poem about winter by Elisabeth Kulmann (1808-1825). She wrote more than 1,000 poems before she died at age 17. This lovely poem evokes the feeling of the season. Below, you can listen to the poem in the original German and read along with the text and an English translation… MP3 […]
December 7th, 2015
Weihnachten (Christmas) is one of the most famous German Christmas poems. It was written by Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff (1788 – 1857). The poem starts with the mention of a market. The Christmas Market – Weihnachtsmarkt – is a big part of the Christmas season in Germany. It usually opens with the start of Advent. […]
November 5th, 2015
The poem Otoño (Autumn) was written by Spanish poet Manuel Paso Cano. Below you can read the poem in Spanish, listen along to the recording, followed by an English translation. MP3 Recording of Otoño Otoño Tardes penosas, tristes, soñolientas; noches de silencioso desconsuelo; nubarrones que manchan en el cielo la negra cerrazón de las tormentas. […]
October 29th, 2015
It’s always nice to celebrate the season with a poem. Here’s a French piece about Autumn by Théodore de Banville (1823 – 1891). You can read it below, while listening along with the recording, followed by an English translation… MP3 of L’Automne L’Automne Sois le bienvenu, rouge Automne, Accours dans ton riche appareil, Embrase le […]
August 5th, 2015
The poem July Midnight was written by Amy Lowell. It makes one feel immersed in the magical world of fireflies. You can read it below and listen along with the recording… MP3 Recording of July Midnight July Midnight Fireflies flicker in the tops of trees, Flicker in the lower branches, Skim along the ground. Over […]
July 30th, 2015
Most people associate summer with occasional lightening storms. We found this wonderful Italian poem called Temporale Estivo - "Summer Lightening Storm" . It was written by Federigo Tozzi (1883-1920). Below you can listen to a recording of the poem while reading along with the Italian text, and an English translation. MP3 Recording of Temporale Estivo […]
July 16th, 2015
It’s always fun to read fables. They make you think of an earlier, simpler time. We think of fables as being for young children. However, a French teacher I recently spoke with told me that in France today, Jean de La Fontaine’s fables are mostly read by high school students. That’s because the language is […]
July 10th, 2015
We like to post seasonal poetry from around the world. Now that summer’s here we’d like to share this French poem about summer that will heat you up! Below you’ll find the original French text to the poem Chaleur (Heat) by Anna de Noailles with a recording and an English translation. MP3 Recording of the […]
June 25th, 2015
It’s always great to celebrate the seasons with poetry! The poem Noche de verano (Summer Night) is a lovely poem we’ve chosen to share now that summer is finally here. It was written by Spanish poet Antonio Machado (1875-1939). Below you can listen to a recording of the poem while reading the original Spanish text […]
June 8th, 2015
Printemps (Springtime) is a lovely French poem written by Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885). Below you can hear the poem recited and follow along with the original French text and an English translation… MP3 of Printemps by Victor Hugo Printemps Voici donc les longs jours, lumière, amour, délire ! Voici le printemps ! mars, avril […]
April 10th, 2015
"Spring Song of the Swallow" is a lovely poem celebrating the joy of Spring. You can hear the poem sung in the recording below and read along with the text. MP3 Recording of Spring Song of the Swallow Spring Song of the Swallow by Marietta Holley Oh, the days are growing longer; So rang the […]
April 8th, 2015
Mrs. Mulligatawny is a poem by Arthur Macy about the value of thinking for yourself. Macy’s style reminds me of the writing of the American children’s author, Dr. Seuss. Both have fun making fun of human foibles! You can listen to a wonderful recording of the poem below and read along with the text. MP3 […]
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 […]
March 11th, 2015
The poem Winter’s Turning by Amy Lowell (1874 – 1925) seems to perfectly reflect the weather in New York right now. Below you can listen to an mp3 recording, while reading along with the poem. MP3 Recording of Winter’s Turning Winter’s Turning by Amy Lowell Snow is still on the ground, But there is a […]
February 25th, 2015
Fairies a magical creatures that all kids should hear about! Here’s a poem about them called, Oh! Where Do Fairies Hide Their Heads? It was written by English poet, Thomas Haynes Bayly (1797–1839). You can hear the poem sung below. It sounds like a lullaby. MP3 Recording of Oh! Where Do Fairies Hide Their Heads? […]
February 14th, 2015
Matsuo Bashō (1644 – 1694) was the master of Haiku! Here you can listen to some of his haiku about the moon in Japanese and English. You can read along with the Japanese text, the pronunciation, the English translations and commentary…. MP3 of Basho’s Haiku about the Moon 雲をりをり人をやすめる月見かな kumo ori ori / hito o […]
January 9th, 2015
The Chinese poem 月夜 – Moonlit Night by Liu Fangping was collected in The 300 Tang Poems during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907). Below you’ll find the Chinese text of the poem with the pronunciation, an English translation and a recording in Mandarin Chinese. MP3 Recording of Moonlit Night 月夜 更深月色半人家， 北斗闌干南斗斜。 今夜偏知春氣暖， 蟲聲新透綠窗沙。 […]
January 6th, 2015
The "Hunting Song of the Seeonee Pack" is a poem from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Here’s a wonderful singing rendition of it by Ezwa… MP3 Recording of Hunting Song of the Seeonee Pack Hunting-Song of the Seeonee Pack As the dawn was breaking the Sambhur* belled Once, twice and again! And a doe […]
December 22nd, 2014
The Sugar-plum Tree is a sweet poem by Eugene Field. Sugar-plums are candy like Jordan Almonds. Other treats aside from almonds can be found inside the hard outer sugarcoating. You can read the poem below and listen along to the recording… MP3 Recording of The Sugar-plum Tree The Sugarplum Tree By Eugene Field Have you […]
December 1st, 2014
Beatrix Potter is the beloved English children’s author and illustrator best known for her book, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit". She also wrote the poem, "We Have a Little Garden". It comes from her book, "Cecily Parsley’s Nursery Rhymes". You can read the rhyme below and listen along with the cute recording by Super Coconut. […]
September 29th, 2014
Wynken, Blynken and Nod is a beloved bedtime poem about sailing in the sky in a wooden shoe and fishing for the stars. The names "Wynken", "Blynken" and "Nod" represent a child’s sleepy eyes and head. The wooden shoe symbolizes his bed. He dreams of the stars while his mother sings him to sleep. This […]
August 5th, 2014
"The Swing" is a poem that describes something all kids have thought of while swinging… What if I went really high up on the swing? What would I see? You can read "The Swing" below and listen to a wonderful recording of it. It was recited by a boy named Willy. MP3 Recording of The […]
June 5th, 2014
Shigin is a way of reciting poems in Japanese that most likely dates back to the 5th century. The poems are chanted, often before an audience. We’re lucky enough to have a Shigin recitation of the famous Haiku poem, “Furuike ya” (Old Pond). The poem was recited by Shihoko Mazuka. You can hear it […]
November 25th, 2013
Here’s a poem called "A Boy’s Song" by Scottish poet, James Hogg, with a fun musical recording by Ezwa. Recording of A Boy’s Song A Boy’s Song By James Hogg Where the pools are bright and deep, Where the grey trout lies asleep, Up the river and over the lea, That’s the way for […]
September 13th, 2013
This week our kids went back to school where I live. Parents had Meet-the-Teacher Night where they meet their children’s teachers and hear about the year to come. My daughter’s Math teacher read the following poem to us about how teachers and parents have to work together to help children learn and develop. The poem […]
July 14th, 2013
Here’s the poem The Gossamer Spider by Charlotte M. Yonge with an mp3 recording… MP3 of The Gossamer Spider The Gossamer Spider Creature no bigger than a pin, Most wonderful of all that spin, An acrobatic fairy. Nay, what rope dancer from himself Can draw his lines, like this small elf, Marking his progress […]
May 19th, 2013
Here’s the French poem Le Thé (Tea) by Théodore de Banville with an mp3 recording. After the poem you’ll find an English translation. MP3 of Le Thé Le Thé Miss Ellen, versez-moi le Thé Dans la belle tasse chinoise, Où des poissons d’or cherchent noise Au monstre rose épouvanté. J’aime la folle cruauté Des chimères […]
May 17th, 2013
Here’s a lovely poem about The Wind by Robert Louis Stevenson with a couple of mp3 renditions. MP3 of The Wind 2nd MP3 of The Wind The Wind I saw you toss the kites on high And blow the birds about the sky; And all around I heard you pass, Like ladies’ skirts across […]
May 13th, 2013
Here’s a little poem about clouds by Christina Rossetti. MP3 of the Poem "Clouds" Clouds by Christina Rossetti White sheep, white sheep, On a blue hill, When the wind stops You all stand still When the wind blows You walk away slow. White sheep, white sheep, Where do you go?
May 3rd, 2013
MP3 of Hope is the thing with feathers "Hope" is the thing with feathers By Emily Dickinson "Hope" is the thing with feathers- That perches in the soul- And sings the tune without the words- And never stops-at all- And sweetest-in the Gale-is heard- And sore must be the storm- That could abash the little […]
March 9th, 2013
MP3 of the Poem Old Winter Old Winter By Thomas Noel Old Winter sad and snowy clad, Is making a doleful din; But let him howl till he cracks his jowl, We will not let him in. Let him gnaw, forsooth, with his freezing tooth, On our roof-tiles, till he tire; But we care […]
March 4th, 2013
Here’s a colorful poem by Emily Dickinson with an mp3 recording… MP3 of She sweeps with many-colored Brooms She sweeps with many-colored Brooms She sweeps with many-colored Brooms– And leaves the Shreds behind– Oh Housewife in the Evening West– Come back, and dust the Pond! You dropped a Purple Ravelling in– You dropped an […]
February 27th, 2013
Song of The Leprechaun or Fairy Shoemaker was written by Irish poet William Allingham (1824 – 1889). Leprechauns are known to be shoemakers. At the end of the work day, they hide away the money they earned in a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Song of The Leprechaun or Fairy Shoemaker […]
February 13th, 2013
MP3 of Love Is Enough Love Is Enough By William Morris Love is enough: though the World be a-waning, And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining, Though the sky be too dark for dim eyes to discover The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder, Though the hills be held shadows, and […]
Here’s the poem, Poet To His Love by Maxwell Bodenheim (1892-1954) with an mp3 recording… MP3 of Poet to His Love 2nd Recording of Poet to His Love Poet to His Love An old silver church in a forest Is my love for you. The trees around it Are words that I have stolen from […]
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