National Poetry month began in 1996. Today it is considered “the largest literary celebration in the world” according to the Academy of American Poets website.
Here are a few ideas of how to celebrate National Poetry month:
- Consider joining the Academy of American Poets “Poem a Day digital series.” During the week, new and unpublished poems by current poets will arrive in your email. On weekends you will find classic poetry. This is a free service.
- Check out the Academy of American Poets youtube channel. The channel offers many poems to choose from. Most of them are read by the authors themselves.
- Consider reading a poem a day each day for the month of April. There are some great authors to help you get started.
by Shel Silverstein
Silverstein opens this childhood classic with an invitation. “If you are a dreamer, come in, If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hop-er, a prayer-er, a magic bean buyer..If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire for we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in”
The book is a collection of Silverstein’s poetry and drawings.
By Jack Prelutsky
This is a hilarious collection of Prelutsky’s poetry that children will love. Filled with stories, puns, jokes, and tales of animals and make believe, this will soon become a childhood favorite.
By Marilyn Singer
This is a collection of poetry about dance. There is an audio CD included that features the poet reading to the music for each dance mentioned.
Modern Day Poets:
Many times people think of poetry as being something old fashioned or dead. Here are three modern day poets who will get you excited to read poetry again.
By Rupi Kur
Rupi Kaur originally self published “Milk and Honey.” The book had a huge following and made it to the New York Times best seller list. Kaur’s poetry talks about pain and how to navigate through life’s toughest moments. This is available as a digital download ebook through OverDrive
By Sharon Olds
This is a collection of poetry that was written during Olds’ divorce. In her poems, she tackles issues such as the loss of love, sorrow and finding herself. Olds won the T.S. Elliot award for poetry for this book.
By Margarita Engle
Engle was awarded the Newbery Honor Award for this book. This book is a collection of poetry that chronicles the struggles that Cuba has faced and the country’s continuing fight for freedom.
Do you have a favorite poem or a favorite poet? We would love to hear in the comments below.
Happy Reading 🙂