Kelly & Michael: Caroline Kennedy ‘Poems To Learn By Heart’ Review


Caroline Kennedy: “Sweet Caroline” By Neil Diamond

Caroline Kennedy – daughter of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – is not only a living American treasure, but also a celebrated author. Caroline stopped by Live! with Kelly & Michael for a discussion on her new book, Poems to Learn by Heart. With her new collection, Caroline hopes to provide children with an introduction to some of her favorite works of literature. But first, Kelly Ripa pointed out an interesting trivia fact regarding America’s favorite former first daughter.

Did you know that Neil Diamond’s 1969 hit “Sweet Caroline” was written about Caroline Kennedy? I thought that was common knowledge, but apparently not, because Kelly had no clue. Caroline was very humble about it, but there’s no denying it’s pretty cool. How many people are able to claim that Neil Diamond wrote a song about them?


Kelly & Michael: Caroline Kennedy 'Poems To Learn By Heart' Review

Author Caroline Kennedy discussed her new poetry collection for children, Poems to Learn by Heart, on Live! with Kelly & Michael. (stocklight /

Caroline Kennedy: Favorite Childhood Poems

Caroline Kennedy has admitted to sharing a love of poetry with her family during her childhood. She and her brother, John, would often recite poems for their mother and create illustrations for their favorite works of literature. One of their very favorites was “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – how fittingly patriotic for a First Family! Now, Caroline is hoping to share this love of great literature with American children today and to inspire a love of reading.

Caroline Kennedy: Poems To Learn By Heart Review

Caroline’s new book for children is entitled Poems to Learn By Heart. The diverse collection features over 100 poems with personal introductions written by Caroline, as well as beautiful painted illustrations by collaborator John J. Muth. Poems are categorized into themes such as nature, sports, friendship and family, and all touch upon universal ideas of emotions, feelings and love. The book is perfect for children and families of all ages.


Although she’s still staying mum on the issue of whether or not she’ll accept a rumored ambassadorship, Caroline Kennedy is keeping busy with her best-selling book. Poems to Learn By Heart has been met with great critical acclaim by publications such as Publishers Weekly and The Associated Press. The book is a must-have collection for any young literary fan.

Will you be picking up your copy of Poems to Learn By Heart? Leave a comment below!



  1. Stan J says

    I am old enough to remember Caroline from when her dad was assassinated. I think she is a lovely, classy lady. I hope she accepts the ambassadorship.

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