This week I set out to find if there's more to kid-friendly Valentine's Day poems than "Roses are red. Violets are blue." The answer, thank goodness, is a resounding "Yes!" As proof, I present the following batch of sites. Happy Valentine's Day!
Apples4theteacher.com houses several dozen poems that can be read aloud or included in homemade valentines. Although not all the rhymes are attributed, some of the well-known authors include Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ("I shot an arrow into the air, it fell to earth, I knew not where."), Robert Louis Stevenson, and Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr. (known for penning the rhyme "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue/And found this land, land of the free, beloved by you, beloved by me.")
"Today as Valentines go out / To people near and far / This one I'm sending right to you / To say how nice you are." Children's book author Bethany Roberts has a huge Valentine's Day section which includes poems illustrated with animated graphics, stories, songs and links. Just scroll about half way down this page for the Valentine Poem pages with names like " Valentine Poems," "More Valentine Poems," and (yup) "And More Valentine Poems!" Unfortunately many of the offsite links have gone bad.
Brownielocks presents a compilation of poems (attributed to a variety of authors) and a collection of original valentine rhymes written by Brownielocks herself. "Popsicles are cold / Cocoa is hot / I'm sending you this incognito / because I like you a lot." I got a big chuckle out of these rhymes, which Brownielocks calls "silly, corny, dumb." She also calls them limericks, but because they do not have an a-a-b-b-a rhyming pattern, they are not.
"Celebrate St Valentines Day with Shakespeare, Keats, Shelley and Lord Byron love poems. What can be more romantic than a Valentine poem or message using the words of a great poet?" Although most are probably too sophisticated for elementary students, these classic love poems will make great Valentine's Day reading in high school English class or to spark a conversation around the dinner table at home. "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate." William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18.
Not just another compilation site, Joanna and Karl Fuchs share their original poetry with us at PoemSource.com Some of these poems are for kids to give to family members (moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins) and others are for giving to kids. "Valentine I see you / A lot when we're at school / And every time I see you / I think you're very cool." The Fuchs generously allow personal use of any of their poems, but do ask for attribution that includes their URL. For more of the Fuchs' Valentine's Day rhymes, follow the link to the main valentine page near the bottom of this kid-specific page.