Reverso Poems for Kids and Other Fun Poetry Activities

Reverso poems are fun to read and delightful to write. Such a fun poetry activity for kids!

Reverso poems and other fun poetry activities for kids

What Is a Reverso Poem?

Reverso poems are poems that can be read forwards or backwards. The meaning of the poem can change, but it needs to make sense whichever direction you read.

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Reverso Poetry for Kids

My ten-year-old daughter Emma LOVES poetry, so I was intrigued when a copy of Echo Echo arrived at our door earlier this month. This picture book is featuring reverso poems about Greek myths. We haven’t read any Greek myths yet, and Emma hasn’t studied them in school either, so this her first introduction to these stories, as well as this form of poetry. She was hooked! She wrote this Reverso Poem:

ReflectReflect
Reflecting
beaming
back at me
myself
a rough image of
as I think
what happened that day
Reflecting myself
and that day
as I stare
at the reflecting, deep
clear blue waters
rippling through
the forest,
a clear blue ribbon
waving
and rippling
all through
the forest.
the forest.
all through
and rippling
waving
a clear blue ribbon
the forest,
rippling through
clear blue waters
at the reflecting, deep
as I stare
and that day
Reflecting myself
what happened that day
as I think
a rough image of
myself
back at me
beaming
Reflecting

I find this type of poetry challenging to write – Emma gets her poetry skill from my father, not from me. I do love seeing how the meaning of the poem changes as your read it starting at the end.

Author Marilyn Singer is quite the reverso poem expert – this is the third reverso poetry picture book she has written. Be sure to check out her first two as well! Both Mirror Mirror and Follow Follow are based on fairytales, making them more accessible to younger children.

More Poetry Fun for Kids

Here are some more fun poetry activities for your kids!

Do you have a favorite poetry activity or poetry book that we should check out?

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MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

21 thoughts on “Reverso Poems for Kids and Other Fun Poetry Activities”

  1. She’s really got a good ear for poetry, I on the other hand have no ability to write it and sometimes don’t “hear” it well.
    My daughter would love this. She’s a big poetry fan.

  2. I made an error on my last entry I am following on twitter as @mzmyrtlezplace. I would love to win this book because my niece is an avid reader and would love this.

  3. My students love Mirror, Mirror and lots are interested in Greek myths. I think they’ll love the new book!

  4. I would like to introduce my daughter into the power of poetry. I think this would be a perfect introduction!

  5. A great book of poem can melt the stresses away and stimulate creativity. Besides staying on the computer all day is no fun.

  6. I am introducing poems to my son. He is really into how words flow right now. The plus side. He really likes Greek myths!

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