Many moons ago, I used to hold a Poetry Club in the bookshop for children aged 7 – 10 years old. While pondering how best I could help with ‘home-schooling’ my four grand-children, I realised that the obvious thing for me to do was to establish a way of reading and enjoying poetry in the virtual world – hence the Zoom Poetry Club! The first one was such fun to do that I thought I could offer it not just to my grand-children but to any who might like it – so jump in, and enjoy yourselves!

Just a tip, I encourage the children to have blank paper and crayons/felt tips etc on the table while we are ‘zooming’, and I invite them to doodle during any of the longer poems ~ this seems to help them to listen!  Short poems I often read more than once.  I don’t ask the children to analyse the poems in any way at all – these sessions are all about the fun and pleasure of listening to the rhymes and rhythms, the musicality of the poems.

Our Friday Favourites this week!

The Tale of Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash from Shout, Whisper & Sing, 101 Poems to Read Aloud, complied by Beverley Matthias, published by The Bodley Head.

My Brother Bert from Meet my Folks by Ted Hughes, published by Faber & Faber

Millicent’s Mother by Jeff Moss, from Haven’t You Grown – poems about families selected by Belinda Hollyer, published by Kingfisher.

Kisses by Ian Souter from Haven’t You Grown – poems about families selected by Belinda Hollyer, published by Kingfisher.

Wolf by Billy Collins, from Orange, Silver, Sausage edited by James Carter & Graham Denton, published by Walker Books.

Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves 

      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: 

All mimsy were the borogoves, 

      And the mome raths outgrabe. 

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son! 

      The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! 

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun 

      The frumious Bandersnatch!” 

Read the whole poem here

Have a good weekend, and see you next week!


  1. Abbie

    My favourite was my brother Bert!

    • Anna Dreda

      Thank you Abbie. Yes, it’s such a fun poem, isn’t it! And completely UNbelievable – perhaps that’s part of what makes it fun? I’m glad you enjoyed it, Gr’Anna x


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