April is National Poetry Month

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ricoApril is National Poetry Month! Poetry can be an exciting way to share great vocabulary and new concepts with children. It’s also a fun way to explore the early literacy practice of writing.

Read poetry together and write down interesting or new words, rhyming pairs, or all the words that start with the same letter.

After reading some poetry, try writing a poem with your child: think of rhyming words or write about an object or their favorite topic. If your child is older, help him or her spell out the words. You could also try writing down what your child says and pointing out each word as you write it, then let him or her trace over your letters or copy the words onto his or her own sheet.

Some picture books have text that could be considered poetry. You can also find poetry books in the nonfiction section of the library, in the Dewey Decimal section of 811. Here are some great poetry books:

The Lucy Cousins Book of Nursery Rhymes by Lucy Cousins
Yum! Mmmm! Que Rico!: Americas’ Sproutings by Pat Mora
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Dr. Seuss
Red Sings from Treetops by Joyce Sidman
Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook by Shel Silverstein
Follow, Follow and Mirror, Mirror by Marilyn Singer
Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry by Jane Yolen
This Little Piggy: Lap Songs, Finger Plays, Clapping Games, and Pantomime Rhymes by Jane Yolen

Thursday, April 18, 2013 is national Poem in Your Pocket Day. Help your child write down his or her favorite poem to keep in his or her pocket and share with friends throughout the day.

There are many ways to enjoy poetry with your child. Try some of these suggestions, or come up with your own ways to explore poetry. Happy National Poetry Month!

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