Back to school can be a very stressful time for children. You can help prepare your child for this transition by sharing poems about the school world. A short poem can give children the "words" for feelings they may not be able to express, help them realize they are not alone with their thoughts and fears, and give teachers a starting point to discuss the return to school..

I have written over 3,000 poems about life in school, and here are ten of my favorites for BACK TO SCHOOL




Kalli Dakos, a former teacher and popular school poet, has written many collections of poems about school including six ILA-CBC Children's Choice Selections: A Funeral in the Bathroom and Other School Bathroom Poems, If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand, Don't Read This Book, Whatever You Do, The Goof Who Invented Homework, The Bug in Teacher's Coffee, and Our Principal Promised to Kiss a Pig. She gives popular poetry presentations in schools, and uses her knowledge as a reading specialist to inspire children and teachers to write about the school world.

Her book, They Only See the Outside, was selected in 2022 by the National Council of Teachers of English for an Award of Excellence in Poetry for Children.

She has three new books to celebrate in 2023 Happy Birthday, Belly Button!, My Lunchbox is Hopping and Buttons.

Kalli Dakos
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