April is National Poetry Month

Thursday, April 7, 2011

This is National Poetry Month! Why not celebrate by sharing a poem a day with your kids. Don't miss these tips for reading and analyzing poetry with kids. Plus, find poetry prompts here for K-3 and here for 4-12. And kids and grown ups alike should check out the Favorite Poem Project where you'll find videos of famous folks sharing their favorite poems.

A favorite book of ours is The Random House Book of Poetry for Children selected by Jack Prelutsky. It offers so many fun and engaging poems for kids with great illustrations too.  It's a great book to have on your children's bookshelf, or you could check your local library for a copy. Here's one I like from the book:


I'm shouting
I'm singing
I'm swinging through trees
I'm winging Sky-high
With the buzzing black bees.
I'm the sun
I'm the moon
I'm the dew on the rose.
I'm a rabbit
Whose habit
Is twitching his nose.
I'm lively
I'm lovely
I'm kicking up my heels.
I'm crying "Come dance"
to the freshwater eels.
I'm racing through meadows
Without any coat
I'm a gamboling lamb
I'm a light leaping goat
I'm a bud
I'm a bloom
I'm a dove on the wing.
I'm running on rooftops
And welcoming spring!
-Karla Kuskin

What's your favorite poem? Please share :)

Bitterroot Mama said...

I'm not sure that I can pick a favorite poem, but the one you shared is lovely. I wrote a post this week about fun ways to make poetry with kids (or yourself). http://bitterrootmama.blogspot.com/2011/04/5-ways-to-celebrate-national-poetry.html Yay for Poetry Month!


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