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Tiny Owl’s 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 Julie Douglas 


Julie Douglas: 

Writing poetry helps children use words to create art

Julie Douglas

Writing poetry can help children see words as a creative tool to produce a piece of art just like a pencil or paintbrush. Combining art and poetry helps ideas and language flow more freely as children have the opportunity to use a variety of media to create atmosphere, introduce colour and texture and explore mood and movement.

Recently in my Patron of Reading school, St John’s Primary in Port Glasgow, I worked with Year 5 Primary School pupils to create an anthology of Rainforest Poetry. We spent the first half of the session drawing trees, parrots, snakes, frogs, butterflies and tigers while listening to rainforest sounds in the background. As they drew they had time to think about the colours, patterns, shapes and sounds of the rainforest and about how the animals, birds and insects look and move. By the time they started to write they already had a perfect, visual canvas on which to create their poetry.

Here are two of them:

Beetles, caterpillars and lots more bugs
creeping around on the forest floor
nibbling leaves and searching for shelter
when the rain starts to pour.
Under the rotting leaves live ants and snails.
Getting weirder by the minute.
Scurrying on the ground looking for food.

Colours of the Rainforest
Orange is a parrot eating crackers.
Green is a snake, slithering in the grass.
Blue is a Morpho Butterfly fluttering in the Amazon.
Purple is an exotic flower blooming towards the sun.
Yellow is a banana getting peeled by a monkey.
Red is a Red-eyed Tree Frog leaping into the river.
Pink is a Venus Fly Trap snapping at the flies.
Black is a Black Panther waiting patiently for its prey.

Julie Douglas is a poet. She writes for the Amazing Children’s Educational Magazine, where her poetry and articles appear every month.

  • Check out other responses to our poetry campaign here and here 
  • Read Eloise Greenfield explain how Thinker began

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