With leaves falling, and the weather changing, is autumn more poetic than other seasons? Probably not, but today's sites bring together poems and rhyming songs that celebrate this particular season for kids (and grownups) of all ages.
"Traditionally haiku are rooted in natural history and the seasons, and make us conspirators with wildlife, as nature half-writes the haiku before we've even put pen to paper." Beatrice van de Vis is publisher and host of this haiku blog, where all poets are welcome to submit family-friendly haiku. This page is the front door for the autumn poems. At the bottom of the page, click "Older Posts" for more fall haiku. You'll find the other seasons listed in the horizontal navigation at the top of the site.
Poets represented in this collection of autumn poems include Robert Frost, Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr., and Robert Louis Stevenson. Although this page is simply a listing of poems (most in the public domain so you can freely use them on your website, if you wish) if you click on Fall in the breadcrumb navigation, you'll find fall coloring pages, worksheets, crafts, printables and short stories.
Visit DLTK for lots of Robert Frost, but also Emily Dickinson and John Updike. Best of all, each poem is accompanied by an illustrated printable version in both color or color-it-yourself black and white. And for your littlest ones, there are fall songs to be sung to well-known tunes such as Frère Jacques and I'm a Little Teapot. "Red leaves falling / Red leaves falling / On the ground / On the ground."
Famous Poets and Poems has a large selection of fall poems from a wide range of poets, great for middle-school or high-school students, it doesn't include any sing-along songs or printable coloring pages. Some of the contemporary poets represented include Erica Jong, Sylvia Plath and Dorothy Parker, but there is also plenty from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Emily Dickinson. All the poets also have their own sections, so you can also peruse the site by author. Look in the left-hand navigation for links to Popular Poets and collections such as Love Poems or English Poets.
"One by one the petals drop / There's nothing that can make them stop. / You cannot beg a rose to stay. / Why does it have to be that way?" Summer's End by Judith Viorst. Teaching First has a small (and very accessible) collection of autumn poems and songs for preschoolers and elementary kids. Here's one to the tune of Jingle Bells. "Leaves are falling, leavings are falling. One fell on my nose!"