This poem, by the African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, was published in 1913. It's a little old-fashioned for today's tastes, but it talks about struggle, and growth, and perserverence in the face of adversity. You can put this up on a screen or print it. We also have more simple printable versions here.
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A. A. Milne was a childhood favourite, and I know many of his poems by heart as I used to read them to my younger brother by torchlight, after our parents had turned the lights out! This was one of my brother's favourites and it is perfect for a rainy day!
This lovely poem - The Way Through the Woods by Rudyard Kipling - is an excellent choice for children. It's lyrical rhythm and clever, exciting rhyme scheme helps it trip off the tongue if you read it aloud - making it a particularly good one for learning and reciting, too.