For this week's review, I chose five fun poetry sites for kids of all ages. I've included a little bit of everything, from original verse published only on the Internet, to traditional nursery rhymes and well-known poets such as Ogden Nash. Next time, I'll feature sites where kids can publish their own poetry. Come on in, the surfing is fine!
Kenn Nesbitt doesn't have any children of his own yet, but writes whimsical poetry with his future progeny in mind. My favorite is titled "Surfing". "I went out and bought a new surf board, so I could go surfing the Net, but it won't plug into my computer, so I haven't gone surfing just yet."
Mother Goose and other nursery rhymes are an important introduction to literature, and the basis for developing a love for words. All the experts agree: read rhymes to your kids. Zelo's alphabetic list of nursery rhymes looks a little unfinished, but it's the best collection of nursery rhymes I could find on the Web. For more ideas on using nursery rhymes as an educational tool, read Pat Anderson's On Reading Nursery Rhymes With Children of Varying Ages.