Hearing Poetry by Rachel Rooney
This article has been published on the Federation of Children's Book Groups website. It begins:
From the heartbeat heard in the womb, the bedtime lullaby sung to soothe us and the nursery rhyme chanted to amuse and entertain, we are innately programmed to tune into the rhythms and cadences around us. And in doing so, we lay down solid foundations for both language and literacy development. Poetry is a form of verbal music, a song that is spoken. As such, amongst other attributes, it supports and strengthens this process.