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Tiny Owl’s Children & Poetry campaign concludes with a fantastic response from Eloise Greenfield 


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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 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?

To conclude the campaign we have a lovely response from Eloise Greenfield, author of our poetry book Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me.

Eloise Greenfield:

Eloise Greenfield by Ehsan Abdollahi

Human beings come into the world with a love for word sounds and rhythms

Actually, we are ahead of the game when a child is born, because human beings come into the world with a love for word sounds and rhythms. Babies like to listen to spoken language and to imitate it by babbling. Our task, I think, in encouraging this inherent attachment to language, is to establish rituals. The earlier we begin, the better, reading poetry aloud each day and moving the head, arms, legs and feet to poetic rhythms. Later, there can be family and community reading clubs that include reciting various types of poetry, discussing and maybe informally debating the meanings of a poem, presenting staged performances in the community. The key is to interweave poetry into everyday life.

Eloise Greenfield is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. She is also the author of our poetry book Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me. 

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

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