National Poetry Month for Kids

April 11, 2019 | Suzanne

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April is National Poetry Month, and what better way to celebrate with your child than by exploring some of the poetry books available at the library. Reading poetry aloud can be a wonderful experience for children, exposing them to the patterns and rhythms of language. Poetry can take unexpected twists and turns, and the novel language of poems can be great conversation starters for curious children.

A recent New York Times article affirms this idea, reminding us that “the beauty of poetry for small children is that the sounds of words can be appealing long before their meanings are fully understood.”

Here are some poetry books you may enjoy reading with your child:

Boom Bellow Bleat

Boom! Bellow! Bleat! : Animal Poems for Two or More Voices by Georgia Heard


The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog

The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-to Poems by Paul B. Janeczko


I Am Loved

I Am Loved by Nikki Giovanni



Poetree by Carolin Pignat


No More Poems

No More Poems! : A Book in Verse that Just Gets Worse by Rhett Miller

We also have events happening at our branches to celebrate National Poetry Month.

The After School Club at Richview Branch is hosting poet Desi DiNardo on Friday, April 12th and 26th. Registration is required.

In May, the After School Club at Pape/Danforth Branch is hosting a series called Yoga and Words, where young yogis can stretch their bodies and expand their minds by writing poems afterwards.

Want to try an easy poetry activity at home?  Write your child's name vertically down a blank piece of paper and encourage them to write a poem using the letters in their name. This is called an acrostic poem.  You could also try this with different words. This activity can be a lot of fun and result in silly poems.

Try reading or writing a poem with your child today. Happy National Poetry Month!