Fitzroy Books, like its parent publisher Regal House Publishing, is dedicated to producing quality literature for children and young adults. We want children to not just enjoy reading, but to develop a passion for it. Even as the world around them grows faster, smarter, and more efficient, children grow to match their environment. Literacy is a fundamental building block to ensure every child has the knowledge and skill to navigate new situations, opportunities, and challenges along their path to success.
The Poetry Initiative
Poetry has a mixed reputation in the literary world. Many adults think back to high school tests on Shakespeare and Wordsworth, and dismiss this genre as too archaic, too formal, too convoluted to be of any practical use to their children. Others think of Dr. Seuss and Mother Goose, and wonder how sing-song, nonsense nursery rhymes can possibly help a child become a more confident, fluid reader and writer. Overall, it might seem odd and frustrating to think of poetry as the specific avenue through which to lead children to become successful writers and readers.
Poetry as a Building Block
Involving young children in poetry lays several strong literary foundations that they can build upon as they grow older:
- Increased vocabulary (poetry often uses vivid descriptive words and images)
- Reading comprehension (some poems aren’t as straightforward as prose writing, so children learn how to use context and ask questions to understand what they read)
- Exposure to varied literary styles (from nursery rhymes to limericks to song lyrics to narrative ballads, poetry doesn’t just fit into one tiny box)
Poetry as Self-Expression, Discovery, and Motivation
Along with the educational benefits, poetry offers solid mental, emotional, and psychological rewards for growing writers.
- Many children love to tell stories and describe the world around them—if they learn how to write about it, they grow more confident and skilled as writers and as young people
- Innovation and creativity are key aspects of poetry—young poets, especially, find it very rewarding to learn how to “break the rules” of writing and language by playing with poetic craft and structure
- Any writer can tell you that seeing your work in print is a huge self-esteem builder—we want children to know that becoming better writers can lead to opportunities and outlets for creativity and hard work
The Regal House Initiative’s We 2 R Poets Program
The Regal House Initiative team feel strongly that by encouraging children to find joy and merit in poetry, we are sharing with them one of the keys to learning and achieving whatever goals they set for themselves:
You can work hard, have fun, learn new things, and be creative—ALL AT THE SAME TIME! Leading young writers and readers through the WE2R POETS workshop, we will teach them some of the basic craft elements of poetry, show them how to use their environments and experiences for creative writing assignments, and prove that working together with friends can be one of the most fun ways to learn.