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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 Tony Mitton.

Tony Mitton: 

Sew poems and nursery rhymes into bath times, bedtimes, biscuit baking times

Tony Mitton

My response to this question, as a writer for children, is to write my verse picture books and child-friendly poems as well as I possibly can. From there, I hope that parents and teachers will share such things with children in a spirit of interest, pleasure & enjoyment, taking the business of reading to and with children seriously (but not always solemnly…). It will help if parents and carers share plenty of nursery rhymes with children when they’re very young, sewing them into bath times, bedtimes, biscuit baking times, play dough ditties etc, so that language is seen and felt as something to play with as much as to communicate with. Meaningful play is the kind of mood I’m talking about. I was parent to two young children, now both grown up and doing well in the world, and was for 25 years also a teacher of primary age children. Weaving moods of curiosity, inquiry and, at times, humour, into the learning & living experiences of their lives felt like the right thing to be doing.

Poetry speaks and sings in all kinds of moods and voices about all kinds of things, from the plainest and most ordinary to the most extreme and extravaganzic (made up word nb 😉 Allow it to be as various as it needs to be, depending on the mood and the moment.

Tony Mitton is a children’s poet who spends his time writing and visiting schools He lives in Cambridgeshire. 

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

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