To get into the spirit of National Poetry Month, here are some wonderful books I’ve recently read written in verse.
1. Love That Dog written by Sharon Creech tells about a young boy’s introduction to poetry and how it doesn’t have to rhyme. He gets the hang of it and writes some verse of his own.
2. May B written by Caroline Starr Rose takes us to the Kansas prairie in the mid 1800’s as a young girl struggles to survive through a cold, lonely winter.
There are also some great websites for young poets. http://www.davidlharrison.wordpress.com offers readers a chance to submit poems based on monthly topics. At http://www.kidsimaginationtrain.blogspot.com written by Randi Lynn Mvros and Irene Roth, readers ages 5-12 can read book reviews, poetry, and fiction. They can also try illustrating their favorite stories in this interactive site.
Don’t forget to check out some poetry books from your local library. Shel Silverstein, Ogden Nash, Emily Dickenson, Walt Whitman, and many others have books for children of all ages.
Then, why not try writing a few poems of your own. Here is one I did to celebrate the wonder of lightening bugs.
Diamonds on the fly
Neon of the night
Hailed to a stop
Caught in a cave of flesh
A piece of moonlight
Clutched in a fist
Fingers tickled open
Signals flash again
Happy Poetry Month!