Poetry for children

Welcome to the blog. Today I have some writing challenges for everyone from 5 to 105.


You could start here with two I found at


‘The Laughter Forecast’ by Sue Cowling 

Sue Cowling’s poem looks at all the ways of expressing happiness in this alternative weather forecast.

The Laughter Forecast

Today will be humorous

With some giggly patches,

Scattered outbreaks of chuckling in the south

And smiles spreading from the east later,

Widespread chortling

Increasing to gale-force guffaws towards evening.

The outlook for tomorrow

Is hysterical.

‘I Opened A Book’ by Julia Donaldson

The joy of reading, perfectly contained in a poem.

I Opened A Book

I opened a book and in I strode.

Now nobody can find me.

I’ve left my chair, my house, my road,

My town and my world behind me.


Can you find another you would recommend to me?


I’ve found a site that’s great to dip into. It’s fun and interesting, and it think it could inspire everyone to write a poem. Even if you never show it to anyone else.

Take a look at Kenn Nesbitt’s website https://www.poetry4kids.com/

I can recommend the Lessons section, and there’s a rhyming dictionary for children too.

CHALLENGE Three:Try your skill at writing a poem

You might send it to one of these competitions.

Radio Two 500 words 

Entry to this competition is open to persons who will be aged between 5 and 13 years on the 12th June 2020

There are two age categories – ages 5 to 9 years (on 12th June 2020) and 10 to 13 years (on 12th June 2020).

Find out more at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/50pnqLfDywb9CFxjNvth5l0/about-500-words

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the biggest poetry competition for 11-17 year olds in the world.

Find out more at https://poetrysociety.org.uk/competitions/foyle-young-poets-of-the-year-award/

How many of my challenges can you do today? Or perhaps by next week?

Frog: (thoughtfully) You could write about me if you like. I really don’t mind!