These volumes of nature poetry for children, are sure to keep your child amused for hours, if it’s a sunny day to sit in the garden, or a rainy day to tuck children away in a snug, with a natural fruit squash and hours of entertainment to learn about the natural world. Forget boring tomes – why not treat them to one or more of these books: combining nature, empathy, creativity and reading.
There’s nothing like reading aloud a beautiful poem about nature to make you think on life (read Snake by DH Lawrence which will sort of make you like snakes, even if you are terrified of them). Reading nature poetry to children encourages a deeper respect for all creatures.
- I Am The Seed That Grew The Tree is a gorgeous anthology of 366 nature poems named after the first line of Judith Nicholls’ poem ‘Windsong’. Filled with favourites from Blake, Brontë, Dickinson, Frost, Hardy, McGough, Rossetti, Shakespeare, Updike and Wordsworth. Fiona Waters is a book editor.
- A Year of Nature Poems offers a nature poem for every month. This anthology (beautifully illustrated with folk art by Kelly Louise Judd) encourages a love for the animal world. See how animals behave through the seasons, and learn the cycle of trees and plants – and the first blossoms of spring plants, to the stark winter wonderland. Includes 12 poems. Editor Joseph Coelho is a performance poet and playwright.
- A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year offers seasonal poems by Emily Dickinson, John Keats, William Blake, WH Auden, William Wordsworth, John Clare and Christina Rossetti. According to Henry James, the two most beautiful words in the English language are ‘summer afternoon’. But winter can be savoured in poetry: bleak grey days transform into glittering frost and snow-blanketed landscapes.
- A Nature Poem for Every Night of the Year is a beautiful and calming collection of nature poems. Now more than ever, we need a daily fix of the natural world, to comfort and distract from the cares of everyday life. Jane McMorland Hunter is a passionate lover of the written word, who works at a bookshop, when not writing. She has written and edited several books herself. Keep this beautiful book by your bedside, and enjoy a dreamy stroll through nature each evening, just before you go to sleep. Includes poems by Wordsworth, Keats, Dickinson, Brontë.