National Poetry Month is a celebration of poetry introduced in 1996 and organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States.
I’m not great about exposing my kids to poetry so this is my easy way for April’s National Poetry Month. I’m just going to have my kids watch this wonderful 2.5-minute video.
Easy and Fun Video to Expose Kids to Poetry
Go and open the door. Maybe outside there’s a tree, or a wood, a garden, or a magic city.
Go and open the door. Maybe a dog’s rummaging. Maybe you’ll see a face, or an eye, or the picture of a picture.
Go and open the door. If there’s a fog it will clear.
Go and open the door. Even if there’s only the darkness ticking, even if there’s only the hollow wind, even if nothing is there, go and open the door.
At least there’ll be a draught.
Poetry Books That All Kids Love
My kids who “don’t like” poetry love Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein. Here are some books my kids recommend to your kids. Shel Silverstein has a free downloadable Poetry Month Resource Event Kit. Jack Prelutsky has free poems, writing activities, and puzzles and games.
HOP TO IT: Poems to Get You Moving by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong
Be Glad Your Nose Is on Your Face: And Other Poems: Some of the Best of Jack Prelutsky by Jack Prelutsky
A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky
The New Kid on the Block by Jack Prelutsky
Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein
Falling Up by Shel Silverstein
Diversity in Novels in Verse for Kids
My other sneaky way to get my kids to read poetry is Novels in Verse. Here are 5 amazing diversity novels in verse that I’ve enjoyed recently.
The Crossover (The Crossover Series) by Kwame Alexander
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle
Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose
Dust of Eden by Mariko Nagai
How about you? How are you enjoying poetry with your kids? Please share! I could use your ideas!
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