Archive for the 'Poems for Kids' Category

Giving Tuesday: Spreading the Love of Reading

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Love of Reading

Giving Tuesday encourages a global day of charitable giving at the beginning of the holiday season. It’s a great way to focus on helping others, whether that be through your time, donations, goods or your voice!

At MarbleSpark, we are big believers in giving back and wanted to find a special way to celebrate this day.

What better way than to share our love of reading with others!  (more…)

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Make an Acrostic Poem for Father’s Day

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Fathers Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner.

Here at MarbleSpark, we are especially thankful for the three dads who co-founded our company. Together they formed who we are today!

This special day is the perfect time to let dad know how much he means to you. A fun way to do this is to create an acrostic poem. This homemade gift is thoughtful, easy and best of all, free! (more…)

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Put a Poem in Your Pocket

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Poem in Your Pocket

What’s in your pocket? Keys? Or a phone? If it’s a poem in your pocket, you won’t be alone. Join us in celebrating national Poem in Your Pocket day on April 26.

On this day and as part of National Poetry Month, you’re encouraged to select–or write–a poem and carry it with you.

You can share it with others at schools, bookstores, parks and on social media with the hashtag #pocketpoem. (more…)

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How Poetry for Kids Instills a Love of Reading

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Poetry for kids

The first stories we were told as kids were likely poems. Perhaps it was a nursery rhyme that stuck with us and we still recite with our kids today. For my youngest son, it was “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”

Poetry for kids, especially poems that rhyme, allows children to discover reading in a different way. (more…)

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Project OpenBook: Introducing ‘The Yeti In My Freezer’

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

First Project OpenBook book drop

Seven years ago, just two months after launching MarbleSpark, we announced the launch of an experiment called Project OpenBook.

Our idea was to create a crowd-sourced, illustrated children’s poetry book and give it away to deserving kids… especially kids who lacked access to books they could call “their own”.   (more…)

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61 Ridiculously Cute Short Poems For Kids

Friday, August 25th, 2017

The Absolute Best Short Poems for Kids

The Absolute Best Short Poems for Kids​

The single best way to forge an unbreakable bond with your kids: read to them.  

These short poems for kids gives you a chance as a parent, grandparent, godparent, teacher, aunt or uncle to connect with your child on a deeper level, and offer a specific, quick- but impactful- lesson that your child will hold near and dear to their heart forever.

Some of the poems are funny while others teach a valuable lesson. The best part? Your preschooler, elementary aged and even high schooler will enjoy them. And adults too!

According to Early Moments, reading to children can improve speech and communication skills, gives them more logical thinking skills and enhanced concentration and discipline.

Taking time out of your busy day to read to your children- even for just a minute or two- shows your commitment and desire to connect with them.

There are 61 poems here, but don’t feel the need to go through all of these at once! Bookmark this page and read these poems incrementally over time.

If your child is reading on their own, encourage him/her to share and read their favorites to you. Happy reading to you and your little (or big) one!

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A Lemon’s Plea

Friday, November 11th, 2011

I can see you’re looking dour,
So I’ve stopped by your address.
It seems that life delivers me
To folks most in distress.
Judging from that dismal scowl,
You’ve had some lousy luck.
Perhaps you lost your tennis match,
Or your radiator’s stuck?
In any case, take my advice –
Tomorrow’s a new day!
Look on the bright side; crack a smile
And I’ll be on my way.
There’s no need for that juicer…
Take a breath and count to three.
Lemonade may cheer your mood,
But it spells the end for me.

Jesse Anna BornemannWritten by Jesse Anna Bornemann.
Illustrated by Allie Biondi.



This illustrated poem was created for Project OpenBook, an experiment in doing good.

To learn more and follow the journey, visit:
marblespark.com/project-openbook

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Holey Cow!

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

HOLY COW! HOLY COW!
It’s something people shout…
Where it comes from, well, that’s something
They know nothing about.

HOLY COW! HOLY COW!
Maybe this will clear things up.
Let me introduce you to
My cow, Miss Buttercup.

HOLY COW! HOLY COW!
Do you think that I would tease?
The holey cow is very real…
That’s where we get swiss cheese.

Phil HausslerWritten by Phil Haussler.
Illustrated by Chris Leavens.



This illustrated poem was created for Project OpenBook, an experiment in doing good.

To learn more and follow the journey, visit:
marblespark.com/project-openbook

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The Plum

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Jesse Anna BornemannWritten by Jesse Anna Bornemann.
Illustrated by Aaron Miller.



This illustrated poem was created for Project OpenBook, an experiment in doing good.

To learn more and follow the journey, visit:
marblespark.com/project-openbook

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The Circus!

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

THE CIRCUS!

Tomorrow I join the circus!
Yep, I’m gonna run away.
But first I need to find my act,
I’ve only got a day.

I thought about a bearded-lady
But just can’t grow a beard.
And furthermore, since I’m a boy
That might be kinda weird.

Lion-tamer might do the trick
If only they didn’t bite.
Tight-rope walker — that might work
Except for my fear of heights.

How about an acrobat?
I cannot touch my toes.
Strong man, clown or fire-breather?
Surely none of those!

I guess the only job for me
Is human cannonball.
Which makes me think…
On second thought…
I won’t go after all!

Phil HausslerWritten by Phil Haussler.
Illustrated by Richard Wilkinson.



This illustrated poem was created for Project OpenBook, an experiment in doing good.

To learn more and follow the journey, visit:
marblespark.com/project-openbook

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