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Apr 01 2011

Celebrate national poetry month!

April is National Poetry Month,
and it’s time to celebrate!
Introduce your students to poetry;
We’re sure they’ll think it’s great.

Create a sonnet, read some rhymes,
or teach your class to write haiku.
These are our favorite poetry books -
We hope you’ll enjoy them too!

Early Readers: My Hippo Has Hiccups by Karen Nesbitt

My chicken’s on the Internet.
She surfs the web all day.
I’ve tried to stop her browsing, but,
so far, there’s just no way.

Aerobatic cats, kung fu pets, cows from outer space, and more kooky critters star in these poems that are downright hilarious! Full of amusing subject choices, wordplay, and humorous illustrations, this zany collection of poems will be popular with kids – and adults, too!

More Poetry Month Favorites: I Love Bugs by Emma Dodd, Mud! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Grades 2-3: A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky

My mother makes me chicken,
Her chicken makes me cough,
I wish that when she made it,
She took the feathers off!

Who can resist such unforgettable characters as Miss Misinformation, Swami Gourami, and Gladiola Gloppe (who has a Soup Shoppe)? Added inspiration for readers and writers comes in poems that play with the art of poetry, such as a backward poem and a poem that never ends.

More Poetry Month Favorites: Miles of Smiles by Bruce Lansky

Middle Grades: Poetry Speaks: Who I Am by Elise Paschen

This remarkable anthology of English and American poetry features both classic and contemporary selections by such famous wordsmiths as Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Walt Whitman. Readers will also find work by contemporary masters like former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur. Perfect for both casual readers and students who are poetically inclined.

More Poetry Month Favorites: Oops! by Alan Katz, How to Write Haiku by Paul Janeczko

Young Adult: The Best Poems Ever by Edgar Allan Poe, Sylvia Plath, William Shakespeare, and More!

Here are 45 of the most amazing poems ever written in English! Ranging in style from haiku to narrative thriller, these are masterpieces kids can relate to. Perfect for reluctant readers and poetry enthusiasts alike, this collection features works by Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and many more important poets.

More Poetry Month Favorites: The Poetry for Young People Mega-library

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