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April is National Poetry Month



The theme of #TitleTalk on Twitter last Sunday night was poetry in anticipation of Poetry Month in April. Teachers nationwide chatted about challenges and successes of teaching poetry in the classroom. Here are some poetry books for children of all ages that might inspire new ways to enjoy poetry in the classroom or at home.


A Foot in the Mouth
A Kick in the Head
A Poke in the I

"Readers will have the good fortune to experience poetry as art, game, joke, list, song, story, statement, question, memory. A primer like no other."School Library Journal (starred review) (Ages 8 -12) Candlewick Press, Editor: Paul B. Janeczko, Illustrator: Chris Raschka

Poetry tips for teachers from Paul B. Janeczko.


Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry, Anthologist: Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters, Illustrator: Polly Dunbar Candlewick Press

"With lots of hugs and kisses, as well as messy nonsense and uproarious action, this big spacious anthology of more than 60 poems is a wonderful first book to read with babies and toddlers over and over again."Booklist (starred review)

Poetry Speaks Who I Am by Elise Paschen, Sourcebooks

“This volume of verse is aimed at teenagers and is, not surprisingly, full of strong emotion… It’s a standout collection, packaged with a CD of the poems read aloud, many by the poets themselves.”





Stage a Poetry Slam by Marc Kelly Smith and Joe Kraynak, Sourcebooks







Poetry Speaks Expanded by Elise Paschen and Rebekah Mosby, Sourcebooks

“By the time you’re done, your biggest problem may be that you wish there was more.” Wall Street Journal

“The definitive anthology of poets reading their own work.”Publishers Weekly


Poem in Your Pocket for Young Poets, Selected by Bruno Navasky, in association with the Academy of American Poets, Amulet Books

The perforated pages in Poem in Your Pocket for Young Poets enable readers to select a poem they love, tear it out neatly from the book, and carry it with them all day to read, be inspired by, and share with family and friends.


Poem in Your Pocket: 200 Poems to Read and Carry Edited by Elaine Bleakney and published in conjunction with the Academy of American Poets, with an introduction by Kay Ryan, Poet Laureate, Abrams Image

Download free poems for your pocket from Poets.org




Haikubes By Forrest-Pruzan Creative, Chronicle Books. Haikubes is a set of 63 word cubes. Simply roll the cubes and use the words that come up to create an expressive haiku.

Sterling Children’s Books Poetry for Young People Series

Click here for the entire series on the Sterling website.

Leave a comment and share your favorite poetry ideas, poets or poems. Enjoy National Poetry Month!
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