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Tiny Owl Children & Poetry campaign continues

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Poetry can have a profound and almost magical effect on people. One line of a poem can transport us to somewhere else entirely. Writing and reading poetry can help children develop empathy skills, aid literacy, and is fun! With the launch of our latest poetry book Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me we have started a campaign to explore ways that we can encourage children to get involved with poetry. If you’re a parent, teacher or poetry lover then we hope that this campaign will help inspire you to bring amazing poetry to children.

We contacted children’s poets and experts and asked them:

How can we encourage children to discover and embrace poetry for themselves?

We have a fantastic response from Roger Stevens.

Roger Stevens: 

Roger Stevens

All children need is encouragement 

We need parents on board. So many adults think they don’t like, or they don’t understand, poetry – because they didn’t enjoy it at school. But things have changed! If you are a parent or a grandparent, just go to a bookshop or library and check out some of the fantastic children’s poetry that is being published at the moment. Or have a look online at the latest releases by Bloomsbury Education, Otter-Barry Books, Macmillan and other publishers. I think you’ll be surprised. And I think you will like it. Read it, share it, give it to the children in your life. Have poetry around your house. Ask your children if they do poetry at school. Talk about it. Get them to write a poem. Write one with them. Check out my website www.poetryzone.co.uk where they can see other children’s work and send in their own. Most children love reading and writing poetry – all they need is just a little encouragement at home.

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