April is National Poetry Month! You can find out more about this important month here!
To celebrate, I will be reading poetry books with students during library class as well as working with them to complete at least one poem to potentially be shared at our Poetry Slam (sometime during the last week of April.) We will also be celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30, where students carry a slip of paper with a poem on it in their pocket during the school day. This can be shared with friends and teachers whenever there’s time!
I wanted to share some of the amazing poetry books we have in our library that you can use for story time or lessons. Of course, we have Shel Silverstein’s and Dr. Seuss’ books available, but I am going to highlight some lesser known titles. I will indicate the books I am using during library class with asterisks. Most of these titles will be available in the plastic bin on the book return cube! Happy Poetry Month!
- ***Mammalabilia by Douglas Florian ——- Poems and paintings of mammals in their natural habitats!
- Button Up! by Alice Schertle ——— Poems and paintings of animals getting dressed!
- This is the Dream by Diane Z. Shore & Jessica Alexander ——- A book-length poem about the Civil Rights Movement.
- All We Needed to Say: Poems about School from Tanya and Sophie by Marilyn Singer
- The Great Frog Race and Other Poems by Kristine O’ Connell George ———- Poems about farm life.
- ***Canto Familiar by Gary Soto ——– Poems about Mexican culture and family life.
- Poetry for Young People series ———– We have Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost.
- ***Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry by Brian P. Cleary
- Several books written and edited by Bruce Lansky (If Pigs Could Fly and Other Deep Thoughts, Kids Pick the Funniest Poems: Poems That Make Kids Laugh, Rolling in the Aisles: A Collection of Laugh-Out-Loud Poems, and My Dog Ate My Homework!)
- Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems by John Grandits
- ***The Book of Pigericks by Arnold Lobel ———- Limericks about pigs around the United States!
- Rhyolite: The True Story of a Ghost Town by Diane Siebert ———— The rise and fall of a mining town in the west.
- Asana and the Animals: A Book of Pet Poems by Grace Nichols
- Awful Ogre’s Awful Day by Jack Prelutsky
- ***If Not For the Cat by Jack Prelutsky ————— Haikus!
- Novels in verse by Helen Frost — Diamond Willow, Hidden, and Salt (one of this year’s DCF books)
- A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms selected by Paul B. Janeczko
As far as “how-to” books, I have How to Write Poetry (which is a Scholastic Guide by Paul B. Janeczko) and a teacher’s guide called Poetry Projects. Those will be behind my desk– just ask!
Happy Poetry Month! ❤