As part of their summer fare, Apples 4 the Teacher features famous poets such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry W. Longfellow, and Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr. For craft ideas, summer coloring pages, short stories, thematic reading lists, and summer facts follow the breadcrumb menu (at the top of the page) to Summer Fun. "Summer is the warmest season of the year when the sun shines directly on one half of the world. Summer in the Northern Hemisphere begins about June 21st - the date of the summer solstice. It ends about September 23, the date of the autumnal equinox."
"Let the CAT inspire you!" Black Cat Poems is an archive of poems categorized by subject and poet. Their collection includes poets from long ago, as well as submissions from readers. The summer page of fifty-four poems, includes "Midsummer Morn" by Clara Marcelle Farrar Greene. "A wondrous blue of summer sky, / A dream of fair, sweet weather; / A floating cloud-band airily / Joined hand in hand together."
DLTK highlights poets from "from various eras -- some easier, some harder" and summer songs such as "Baby Bumblebee." "I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee, / Won't my mommy be so proud of me, I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee, Ouch! It stung me!" Many of the summer poems, nursery rhymes and songs are accompanied by related coloring pages and craft projects. For example, the bumblebee song page include nine craft projects and links to related rhymes such as "Five Busy Honey Bees."
Famous Poets and Poems is a treasure trove of classics from poets such as Emily Bronte, William Shakespeare, Alexander Pope, Carl Sandburg and William Blake. 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 Contemporary Poets and Women Poets. No nursery rhymes or coloring pages here, these summer poems are for middle-school students and up.
The Poetry Foundation publishes Poetry magazine, as well as this website, and describes itself as "committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture." This article is a sampler of poems with a summer theme, but only one is specifically labeled for kids. It is "The Swing" by Robert Louis Stevenson. "How do you like to go up in a swing, / Up in the air so blue? / Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing / Ever a child can do!" Each poem page includes a biography, links to additional poems by the poet, and links to related poetry, making this site my pick of the week.