What Do Libraries and Poetry Have in Common?

April is the month we will honor and celebrate two very reading/writing related things: Poetry and Libraries.  April is National Poetry Month and also National School Library Month. What better way to celebrate than to gather poetry books from the school library and read aloud in class. This could be a lead-in to having kids write their own poetry.  Ken Nesbitt has a great website especially for kids:  http://www.poetry4kids.com   You’ll find all kinds of wonderful poems, a rhyming dictionary and even poetry contests.  Be sure to check out this wonderful sight.

To learn more about activities to celebrate School Libraries, visit the American Library Association website at: http://www.ala.org


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.


 Signals flashing

Blinking lights

Diamonds on the fly

 Tiny torches

Winking, glowing

Neon of the night

 Fairy taxis

Hailed to a stop

                                                       Caught in a cave of flesh

A piece of moonlight

Clutched in a fist

Fingers tickled open

Signals flash again

Captured prisoners

Set free


Happy Poetry Month!