Have fun this month by reading poems aloud, over and over! Let’s yell out some words together to get ready for poetry month. I’ll say the words first and then you repeat after me, ready? Me: POETRY! You: POETRY! Me: 811! You: 811!
Let’s go up, up, up with “Oak Tree” by Georgia Heard from Falling Down the Page: A Book of List Poems Edited by Georgia Heard. Ready? Me: One!….
April is National Poetry Month! Whether you’re offering a poetry program at your library, visiting schools with interactive poems or creating a poetry display, April is the perfect month to share poems, read a poem at story time and introduce children’s poets including children’s poet laureate, Kenn Nesbitt to children of all ages.
This year, my interactive poetry school visits are focused on writing art inspired poems with 5th and 6th graders and writing a couplet, circle, animal and BIG poems with K-4th. At the end of the month, the library will host a Poetry Fest at our local bookstore where students have an opportunity to share their art inspired poems. I’m also looking forward to our Animal Poetry Party for families. Puppets, poems and play!
Here are a few amazing poetry blogs (from three amazing children’s authors) with perfect “Poem-A-Day” projects that you can do in your library, classroom or share with children, parents, teachers and more!
Laura Purdie Salas: National Poetry Month and Poetry Tips for Teachers
A poem and new poetry tip each day!
Click on the “Educator’s” link for more great ideas. I love Laura’s “Things to Do if You Are a Bumblebee…” poem written with students on a school visit. Write your own “Things to Do if…” poem. Read, listen, write and connect with the poem! (Read one of her new poems “Spaghetti”)
A Poem-A-Day Project for National Poetry Month 2015 writing from images found in the online collections of the National Gallery of Art and focusing on dialogue, conversations, what does the piece say.
My favorite art poem so far is from day #9. Irene gave me permission to share her “Boat in Pond” poem. Follow her blog, listen to her poems and write your own art inspired poem!
Amy Ludwig Vanderwater: The Poem Farm and National Poetry Month 2015-Sing That Poem!
Explore a game called “Sing That Poem” A new poem each day matched to a song. Guess which song and sing along! Tuesday’s poem will be titled “Librarian’s Song.”
Also, from 2012, Dictionary Hike (I love this!)
Amy wrote a poem from each letter of the alphabet!
A few more favorite poetry blogs/websites:
- A Year of Reading: PO-EMtions 30 Days 30 Poems —Anger to Zest by Mary Lee Hahn
- Joan Bransfield Graham: Poetry Links, resources and more from Children’s Authors Network
- Miss Rumphius Effect by Tricia Stohr-Hunt: National Poetry Month 2015–Jumping into Form.
- Janet Wong-Poetry Suitcase
- Poetry Plus! The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong
- Patrick Lewis (New poetry book, Bigfoot is Missing!)
Check out a few new children’s poetry books:
Bigfoot is Missing! by J. Patrick Lewis and Kenn Nesbitt, Lullaby and Kisses Sweet: Poems to Love with Your Baby edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins, Hypnotize a Tiger: Poems About Just About Everything by Calef Brown, How to Draw a Dragon by Douglas Florian, The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects by Paul B. Janeczko and Jumping Off Library Shelves edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins (September 8, 2015)
Children’s Poetry Book Lists:
Enjoy Amy Ludwig Vanderwater’s poem “Library Book.”
I love hearing about poetry projects from other librarians. Please share in the comments below. Happy National Poetry Month!
Paige Bentley-Flannery is a Community Librarian at Deschutes Public Library. For over fifteen years–from Seattle Art Museum to the New York Public Library to the Deschutes Public Library-Paige’s passion and creative style for art, poetry and literature have been combined with instructing, planning, and providing information. Paige is currently serving on the ALSC Notable Children’s Book Committee, 2015 – 2017. She is a former Chair of the ALSC Digital Content Task Force and member of the ALSC Great Websites Committee.