Archive for the 'Poems for Kids' Category

A Book Drop for Jill

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

This is my cousin, Jill. She would have turned 49 years old today.

Jill was born with Spina Bifida and lived with significant physical disability.

She was also gifted in many ways. She smiled bigger, laughed harder, hugged tighter and held your hand longer. (more…)

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Sharing Our Love of Reading Aloud

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Reading Aloud

My husband and I have been reading aloud to our kids since they were in utero. Our love of books has made it an easy and fun activity.

As our kids have grown, we’ve continued to read aloud to them. Sharing a book together has been a special way to connect.

If you follow MarbleSpark happenings, you know about our literacy initiative, Project OpenBook, where we give away copies of our kids poetry book, The Yeti in My Freezer, to deserving kids without access to books at home.  

Our wish has always been to read the poems aloud to the kids and hand the books out individually rather than drop a pile of books at a nonprofit for distribution. We wanted to expand our love of reading aloud to kids besides our own! (more…)

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Giving Through Books = Gratitude, Laughter and Smiles

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Giving Through Books

The old adage, “Giving is better than receiving” rings true for us at MarbleSpark.

There are many ways to give to others, but giving through books is our favorite. A book can spark a child’s imagination and is a gift that can be opened again and again.

Through our literacy initiative, Project OpenBook, we donated 1,000 copies of our kids poetry book, The Yeti in My Freezer, to deserving kids last week. It was a week chock-full of gratitude, laughter and smiles.

Yeti books


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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 Read Aloud, reading to children “promotes emerging literacy and language development and supports the relationship between child and parent.”

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.

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