We have been using the app iF Poems for a while and liked how easy it is to use and how rich the content is. iF Poems is an app carries 270 classic poems for kids. It allows users to search poems by categories and kids age. It is a gentle introduction of poetry for kids.
On the opening page, you can see there are 12 categories of poems: Growing UP, Nature Seasons and Animals, Humour and Nonsense, Love and Friendship, Magic, Lessons for Life, Tell Me a Tale, Short and Sweet, War, History and Death, Bedtime, If You Need Help, About Poetry.
You can also search for poems by age group: 0-6 years old, 7-12 years old, and 13 and older.
When you open a poem category, you will see a list of poems, grouped by age, with poem titles, authors, and who the narrator is if there is one. Some poems has a voice, some don’t. Tap on the poem, you will see the full poem. You can also find a short bio of the author. If you want to, you can record your own reading. If you like the poem, you can save it as your favorite for easy access in the future.
The audio readings are by Helena Bonham Carter, Bill Nighy, Tom Hiddleston and Harry Enfield. They are perfect for kids.
The section About Poetry has a lot helpful information for kids to learn different styles of poems: Ballad, Clerihew, Couplet, Haiku, Riddle, … For each style, there is a short introduction, followed by a short poem of the style.
You can also search poems by poets, name of poems, the first line of the poem, or by any word.
iF Poems is a delightful app promoting poetry for kids. If you are looking for resources that enhance kids’ English language skills, this is a good app to have. Since it is right on your phone or iPad, you can do it whenever you have 10 or 15 minutes. It fits our busy schedule perfectly.
If you prefer book format, it is also available as print book and Kindle book.
If you would like to check it out or purchase it, please use the App Store link provided below. The cost is the same to you, but iGameMom gets a small percentage. Thanks for your support! Note: The link works for all countries.
For more poetry for kids ideas and resources, please visit our Poetry for Kids page.