Poets 

This site offers a great list of poets, their bibliography, and a handful of full text poems for each poet. Sometimes there is even an audio recording of a poem.  The site has a link for educators complete with tips and lesson plans. This is a great updated site that supports diversifying the limited canon of poetic works too often found in poetry anthologies.

Create your own silly poems 

This site has a rhyming dictionary and poetry lessons.  There are many poems to read and to help get you in the mood for writing silly poetry.  The login is with a nickname and only a valid email is necessary for registration.  Very silly indeed!

Shakespeare for kids                                                                                                                         

This website is full of information about Shakespeare, his time (including a section on Queen Elizabeth), and his work.  There are sections about the theatre as well as the language of Shakespeare, including “Barbs from the Bard” (insults for you to use).   In addition, the site contains some interactive games and a link for teachers with suggestions for effective ways to teach Shakespeare.  Children can also submit their work to “Puck’s Place” and see work of other children there. 

 Poetry Writing with Jack Prelutzky   

A fun page  where kids can attend a ‘virtural poetry workshop’ with famous children’s poet and author, Jack Prelutzky.   Chose a word, choose an item and list the describing words, add your sillies to it and you’ve got youself a poem! Jack lists great starters, and ideas to support kids writing.  Kids get a chance to post their poem on the scholastic website.

 

 Shel Silverstein 

 

Have some fun with games and puzzles, printables, and downloads.  You can practice being a poet or enjoy Silverstein’s wonders of words.  Great animations and fun.  Biographical information about Silverstein included as well as information for teachers and parents. 

 

 Jokes 

 

Kids jokes, animal jokes, doctor doctor jokes, knock knock, scary, and silly jokes, and much more funny humor just for kids!  Included are jokes of the day and funny pictures of the day.  You can submit your own funny jokes, too!

 

 Knock-Knock  

 

168 knock-knock jokes.  Put your mouse over “Who’s there?” to see the question, then put your mouse over “Answer” to see the answer.  You must have Javascript enabled.

 

 Put on a Play! 

 

Act up and put on a play at Zoom’s playhouse.  Many, many skits to choose from.  They are all free and include a script and the props/costumes needed for the show to go on.  Break a leg!

 

Short Stories Collection  

 

A treasure trove of short stories, catagorized by type: crime, horror, humor, fiction, nonfiction, romance, sci-fi, and fantasy.   Find this month’s featured stories above. You can browse the children’s library by subgenre or search it for a title, author or keyword.. Stories can be read online, printed or downloaded for reading offline or on handheld devices.

 Write a Limerick 

Bruce Lansky, author of numerous poetry collections including “The Dog Ate My Homework” and “If Pigs Could Fly,” explains the rhyme and rhythm pattern of limericks. Unfortunately, the Limerick Contest is over (and the link at the bottom of the page is broken) but there are lots of other pages to explore, such as tongue-twisters, fill-in-the-blank poems, and a partially true autobiography (“See if you can spot the fourteen fibs.”)

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