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Celebrate national poetry month with your child

children reading together
children reading together

Poetry hides in a closet.  It hides in space on planet Mars.  It hides is a school with children. In the ocean inside a whale.  Poetry hides in a backpack in a secret compartment. Poetry hides in the river under a rock. It hides on the moon in a crater. It hides in your house in your basement. It hides in the dictionary in the "P" section. It also hides on the National Monument in the Saddlehorn Campground. Poetry hides in Pomona in Mrs. Golden's class. That's where poetry hides. A poem by Taylor Toft.

April is National Poetry Month.  It is a time for publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with your children by introducing poetry to them.  Make poetry a part of your daily reading.  It doesn't take much and there is a huge variety of poetry books for children, many with poems that only take seconds to read and a minute to discuss.

Judy Golden, a teacher at Pomona Elementary School in Grand Junction, Colorado uses poetry in her classroom for reading and writing assignments.  She says that poetry is important for children because, "reading and writing poetry can support and extend children's language and literacy development.  Poetry has few boundaries and it can be enjoyed at any age."  Judy also says that, "poetry brings joy in a small package, humor in life's circumstances and tears from the words that touch the heart.  It allows children to play and paint with words, sing in rhythm and rhyme."

Some favorites and recommended poetry books for children are; Runny Babbit, Light in the Attic, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Falling Up, Joyful Noise, Laugh-eteria and Fancy Nancy Poet Extraordinaire.

If you are interested in helping you child learn how to write poetry, take a look at Poetry Matters, Writing a Poem from the Inside Out by Ralph Fletcher.

"Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away."  A quote by Carl Sandburg.


  • April Halprin Wayland 5 years ago

    Thanks for getting the message out about National Poetry Month! Teacher Laura Evans posts a list of online events for National Poetry Month. If you Google Laura Evans teachpoetryk12, I think you'll find her site.

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