April is National Poetry Month, a month-long celebration of poetry throughout the United States! This event was founded by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 in order to wide the attention of individuals and the media to poetry: the art of it, our poetic heritage, poetry books, living poets, and more.
I thought it would be fun to list some poetry books that you might check out of the library or purchase to read with your kids during this month. I haven’t read all of the ones I am linking below, but I thought I would gather a list to get us started:
1. “Classic Poetry: An Illustrated Collection”-- http://about.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/isbn=9781564028907/search=1564028909/st=query
2. “A Child’s Calendar” (poetry about seasons)-- http://about.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/isbn=9780823414451/search=9780823414451/st=query
3. Twentieth Century Children’s Poetry Treasury (we have and love this one!) http://about.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/isbn=9780679893141/search=9780679893141/st=query
4. “The Random House Book of Poetry for Children” (we’ve checked this out before; it’s good)-- http://www.amazon.com/Random-House-Book-Poetry-Children/dp/0394850106
This link has several that look great: http://poetrybooksforchildren.com/ I also love the “Bible Time Nursery Rhyme” and “Christian Mother Goose” (see our reviews for more about these).
Happy Poetry Month!