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World Poetry Day - March 21st

World Poetry Day is celebrated each year on March 21st. The United Nations decided to start celebrating this special day in 1999.

"Every poem is unique but each reflects the universal in human experience, the aspiration for creativity that crosses all boundaries and borders, of time as well as space, in the constant affirmation of humanity as a single family."

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

I think sharing poetry with kids is awesome. Poems encourage us to read out loud and when you read a poem aloud you get to experience the rhythm, rhyme and beat of it. Children who struggle with reading ordinary sentences often find it easier to “catch on” to the beat of poem.

And of course, children’s poems are especially fun with their simple rhymes, silly actions and colorful imagery.

Here are some of the favourite poems for this time of year on our sites:

Use the links below for other poetry activites to help you celebrate World Poetry Day.

Children's Poetry Children's Poetry 

Nursery Rhymes Nursery Rhymes 

Poetry by Famous Poets Poetry by Famous Poets 

Poetry Ideas and Worksheets Worksheets and Ideas to Help Children
Write Their Own Poetry