Introducing the brand new Children’s Poetry Archive…

Our new website dedicated to children is here!

We are very pleased to share our new Children’s Poetry Archive with you in advance of its public launch!

As you know The Poetry Archive is a charity which collects recordings of poets reading their own work aloud, keeping them safe so that future generations can hear these unique voices. As our collections of the work of children’s poets grew so too did our desire to create a new site which would work for children as well as their parents and those who teach them.

The Children’s Poetry Archive brings together our collections in the first website totally dedicated to enabling primary-aged children to listen to poetry – and one of the best things is that they can listen to the poems in our collections anytime they want to, at home or at school, with a computer, a tablet or on a mobile phone.

This site uses some very clever functions to make listening to poetry even more fun. You’ll see a picture of an eye by each poem; this is our  ‘eyes shut, ears open’ mode and it turns off all the other distractions on the screen so you feel as if the poet is reading just for you!

Explore 100s of poems in new and exciting ways

We think listening to poems just for fun is one of the best ways to encourage a life-long love of poetry and research has already proved how experiences of poetry can improve the lives of children in terms of language, communication and education.
“Poetry for young people is a gift, part of the inheritance of anyone who speaks the language. To collect all this work together in one place is like the piling up of an enormous hoard of treasure, which is the property of anyone who uses it.
The T. S. Eliot Foundation is very proud to be involved with this wonderful archive.”

Clare Reihill, Trustee T S Eliot Estate

The Poetry Archive has spent almost 20 years raising funds to make unique recordings of poets reading their poems out loud and sharing them on We know the Children’s Poetry Archive will be enjoyed and loved just as much and we are really grateful to the T S Eliot Foundation for supporting our development of this site.

We are delighted, too, that Michael Rosen is our new Patron for this site – if anyone embodies the sheer energy and exuberance of children’s poetry, we think it’s him!

Make your own playlists with MyArchive

A feature you have asked us to provide for a long time is the ability to play poems out loud without having to go to each one! Look out for our new playlist feature in My Archive. Every time you come across a poem you love you can click on the heart to ‘favourite’ it and this will put it in your very own My Archive list – then, when you visit your My Archive page, you can listen back to all your favourites and share them with your friends.

Teach the world’s best poetry to your class

We think it’s easier to teach and enjoy poetry by hearing it out loud so we’ve brought together some resources to help teachers in the classroom.

Our new teaching area brings together resources to support different aspects of teaching, including classroom materials structured around teaching individual poems and collections curated to provide new and exciting ways to explore poetry. We’ll be adding to this area and working with teachers to grow these resources over the coming months.

Re-blogged from The poetry archive.


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2 responses to “Introducing the brand new Children’s Poetry Archive…

  1. What a wonderful initiative.


  2. Wish everyone well with it. Though I’ve a feeling it’ll blossom without any wishes from me


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