Read A Poem To A Child

Celebrate Poetry


Dear Poetry Lovers,

Will you read a poem to a child on September 23-28, 2019, as part of the “Read A Poem To A Child” initiative? Stay tuned to Reading Is Fundamental. Click for a free downloadable pdf of poetry for children. If you would like to participate in this initiative sign up here. And for classroom curriculum ideas you can contact Michael Rothenberg, co-founder of the "Read A Poem To A Child" initiative, at This important poetry literacy program was developed in conjunction with 100 Thousand Poets for Change and Florida State University Libraries Special Collections. Mark these dates on your calendar, and plan a poetry program. Teachers, parents, individuals, RIF and “Read A Poem To A Child” are looking forward to helping you introduce children to the beauty and joy of poetry.



Who wants a pancake
Sweet and piping hot?
Good little Grace looks up and says,
“I’ll take the one on top.”
Who else wants a pancake 
Fresh off the griddle?
Terrible Theresa smiles and says,
“I'll take the one in the middle.”


by Shel Silverstein 
From Where the Sidewalk Ends (1979)