My Favourite Childhood Poems.

Due to a minor hiccough with my originally plan for today’s post, I have had to throw together something at the last minute.
But don’t fret, guys!
Jo, as ever, is on the ball.

Ish.

This post is going to be the blogging equivalent of putting a bar of Dairy Milk in between two slices of bread and then putting it in a toastie maker.

Desperate.Interesting. Intriguing. Informative. Delicious. Inspirational.

Basically, ladies and gentlemen, I’m wingin’ it.

I thought that seeing as this week’s feature is all about celebrating poetry, I’d share with you just a few of my favourite children’s poems.

Obviously there are millions more poems that I love and cherish, but these are the ones that came to my head straight away.

On the Ning Nang Nong by Spike Milligan.

On the Ning Nang Nong
Where the Cows go Bong!
And the Monkeys all say Boo!
There’s a Nong Nang Ning
Where the trees go Ping!
And the teapots Jibber Jabber Joo.

Try saying that when you’ve had a few.
Seriously though, (well… not really because I’m still thinking (and giggling) at the thought of cows bonging), I adore Spike Milligan. He was such a national treasure and all of his poems are so fun to read out loud.
Surreal, hilarious and a little off his rocker; Mr Milligan was such a national treasure.
And he influenced the Python boys….

“I thought I’d begin by reading a poem by Shakespeare, but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine.” – Spike Milligan.

The Owl and the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear.

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound not.

I don’t know about you but I think I’d like to go on a picnic with Edward Lear…

Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf by Roald Dahl.

“He sat there watching her and smiled.
He though, I’m going to eat this child.
Compared with her old Grandmama
She’s going to taste like caviar.”

In fact, all of Mr Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes should be up here.
Want to hear Mr Dahl reading out ‘Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf’ out loud?
Yes. Yes you would.
Click on the title ^^^^ up there.

Kate’s Unicorn by Adrian Henri.

“I saw a unicorn in the garden
I did, the other night,
admittedly it was twelve o’clock
but the moon was really bright.”

Us Two by A. A. Milne.


“Let’s look for dragons,” I said to Pooh.
“Yes, let’s,” said Pooh to Me.
We crossed the river and found a few-
“Yes, those are dragons all right,” said Pooh.

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and illustrations by Axel Scheffler.

“Silly old fox, doesn’t he know?
There’s no such thing as a gruffalo?”

One of my absolute favourites.
Did any of you watch the BBC adaptation voiced by Helena Bonham Carter, James Corden and Robbie Coltrane a couple of Christmases ago? Truly wonderful!
The Gruffalo’s child is just as magical too.

Fun Fact That You All Probably Know: Julia Donaldson is the Children’s Laureate for 2011-2013!

I could quite happily spend the day going through this site and reading every single one of them with a cupcake and a pot of tea.
Hopefully, said tea pot it would stay quiet and not disturb my reading with all its Jibber Jabber Joo-ing.

What are your favourite children’s poems?

Gratuitous James Dean Picture.


With added Elizabeth Taylor as an apology for how slapdash this post is.

This post is part of the ‘A Week in Verse’ feature. Find out more about it and why James Dean is getting involved here.

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One thought on “My Favourite Childhood Poems.

  1. This brings back so many memories. The Ning Nang Nong was one of my faves – especially the Play School version!


    I love 'Us Two' by A.A. Milne.
    I also really loved The Teddy Bear's Picnic, does that count as a poem? I had a lovely illustrated version of it.

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