"Young children and poets share a similar way of looking at the world. They
observe the small moments all around,
find wonder in the ordinary,
are curious and full of wonder,
love the sounds of words,
feel all their feelings.
Given young children's natural gift for poetry, we believe that poetry should be woven throughout the whole school year in the primary grades."
—Georgia Heard and Lester Laminack
Children are natural poets. They speak poetry all day long. They say wonderful poetic gems that surprise and delight us and help us look at the world in a new way. In Climb Inside a Poem: Reading and Writing Poetry Across the Year, Georgia Heard and Lester Laminack tap into this natural inclination and demonstrate how reading and writing poetry can also support and extend young children's language and literacy development. Through an anthology of original children's poems and related lessons, Georgia and Lester describe how to weave poetry into the fabric of a school day by reading a variety of poems for a variety of purposes. Building on these experiences, children then engage in a formal unit of study on writing poetry.