As children grow up, they learn to tell time, identify the weeks and months of the year, and anticipate the calendar’s changes. The passage of time is important to them, whether it’s waiting for a birthday or making it through a scary night. Many poets have explored these constructs in their writing as shown in the following poetry books. A related list of poetry about the seasons may also provide poem examples on the topic of time. What a perfect tool for creating a “time for poetry” break!
The list begins:
Bruchac, Joseph. 1992. Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s Back: A Native American Year of Moons. New York: Philomel Books.
Bryan, Ashley. Ed. 1994. All Night, All Day: A Child's First Book of African-American Spirituals. New York: Atheneum.
Farrar, Sid. 2012. The Year Comes Round: Haiku Through the Seasons. Ill. by Ilse Plume. Chicago: Whitman.
Foster, John. 2000. Rhyme Time around the Day. Oxford: Oxford Press.
Franco, Betsy. 2004. Counting our way to the 100th day. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books.
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