April is National Poetry Month
All poetry books can be found in the 811’s in the nonfiction section of the library.
Why read poetry?
Poetry makes excellent read aloud material for families. It is also an excellent genre to help with reading fluency, as well as volume and stamina.
Recommended Poetry Books
The New Kid on the Block
Something BIG Has Been Here
A Pizza the Size of the Sun
The Dragons Are Singing Tonight
The Baby Uggs Are Hatching
Shel Silverstein (also wrote bawdy adult material)
A Light in the Attic
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Judith Viorst (mostly writes fiction/nonfiction for children and adults)
If I Were In Charge of the World and Other Worries
Kali Dakos (Author), G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)poetry)
If You’re Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand: Poems About School
If you’re looking for some digital sites that have poetry, I recommend the following:
Children’s Poetry Archive
Listen to and read poems by theme or form.
Poetry is not meant to be something you read quietly to yourself, it is something to share and to hear out loud. Here, if you have RealAudio, you can hear the author of the book Old Elm Speaks read several seasonal poems from her book. In one poem it is spring and Old Elm’s leaf buds are just popping, in others his helicopter seeds are twirling, and in others still his leaves are free or many colored.
Animated poems and audio with Shel Silverstein’s reading some of his most famous poems.
Poetry Writing With Jack Prelutsky, Karla Kuskin, and Jean Marzollo
Judith Viorst – The Academy of American Poets
Poetry for Kids
Helping Children Find and Enjoy the Poetic Side of Life