March into spring with National Poetry Month by Angela Verges

Spring is in the air (almost) and it’s National Poetry Month. What will you do to celebrate April as National Poetry Month?

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When my son was in the seventh grade his Language Arts teacher transformed their classroom into a poetry café. Parents were invited to the gala. As I entered the room I was immediately immersed in the atmosphere.

The classroom was illuminated with a small table lamp at the front of the room and faux candles on the tables. Thump thump… thump thump, was the sound of the bongos as one student read his poetry. At the end of each spoken word fingers snapped as a form of applause.

After visiting the makeshift poetry café, I realized how much fun poetry can be for all ages. Celebrate poetry month by creating your very own family café. Each family member can create an original poem or recite a favorite one. You can even act out a favorite poem.

If you’re searching for a poem to start you on your way, check out the picture book, Almost Late to School And More School Poems, by Carol Diggory Shields.

Title: Almost Late to School And More School Poems Author: Carol Diggory Shields Illustrator: Paul Meisel Genre: Picture Books

 

 

If you have a pet or have always wanted to have one take a look at few poems about pets. There are a variety of pet poems in the picture book, Who Swallowed Harold? And other poems about pets by Susan Pearson.

Title: Who Swallowed Harold? Author: Susan Pearson Illustrator: David Slonim Genre: Picture Book

Title: Who Swallowed Harold?
Author: Susan Pearson
Illustrator: David Slonim
Genre: Picture Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a part of your poetry café, your child may enjoy creating his own I Spy riddles as a form of poetry. Your riddles can even be published online. Learn to write I Spy riddles with Jean Marzollo by clicking here. If you’re looking for funny poems check out Giggle Poetry.

You have the entire month of April to discover your creativity with poetry. Hang an open sign on your door and welcome the family into your poetry café. Do you have a favorite poem or book about poetry?

2 Comments to “March into spring with National Poetry Month by Angela Verges”

  1. Hi,
    I love this idea. I have four children and think this would be great fun to do during these school holidays (I am in Australia). I think that anything that engages and encourages children not only to be creative, exploring their abilities but also to read and find new authors (in this situation poets) is fantastic. Most people do not realise the power and beauty of poetry. Thank you for sharing this. I hope you don’t mind but am going to link your blog to my blog (children love reading) as this idea needs to be shared.
    Thanks
    Michelle

  2. Thanks Michelle, I agree with you about using poetry to engage children.

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