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National Poetry Month March 29, 2007

Posted by sneaks in display topics, J is for Juvenile, J non-fiction, poetry, spring.

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There’s no money in poetry, but there’s no poetry in money either.—Robert Graves, poet

Sylvia Vardell’s Poetry Aloud Here!, published by ALA Editions, “shows how librarians, teachers, and others can introduce children, ages 5 to 12, to the world of poetry in a way that’s meaningful, participatory, and fun.”

Excerpted from the ALA Editions blog, here are some of her ways to promote poetry to kids (or those who feel like kids):

  • Set up a coffeehouse-style poetry reading in your classroom or library. (Do not forget the refreshments.)
  • Write poems on postcards or letters and mail them to friends and neighbors.
  • Contact radio stations about hosting a live, on-air poetry reading at either the school, the library, or the radio station.
  • Record a poem on your answering machine at home or school or as a cell phone message.
  • Send a poem to your state or local representative or other government official.
  • Make National Poetry Month buttons. Inscribe them with haiku, short poems, or favorite lines of poetry. Wear the buttons the whole month of April.

When pulling poetry for display, don’t forget rhyming Easies (Jamberry!) and song books. Look for these recent titles in particular, with jazzy covers and wide-ranging appeal:

  • Wild about books, Judy Sierra. E S
  • Up, down & around. Katherine Ayres E A
  • Let’s play in the forest while the wolf is not around by Claudia Rueda. E 782.42 R
  • She’ll be comin’ ’round the mountain : by Philemon Sturges. E 811 S
  • Poems to dream together = Poemas para soñar juntos by Francisco X. Alarcón; illustrations by Paula Barragán. J 811 A
  • Flamingos on the roof: poems and paintings by Calef Brown. J 811 B

  • Carnival of the animals: poems inspired by Saint-Saëns’ music J 811 C
  • Mixed beasts, or, A miscellany of rare and fantastic creatures/ compiled by Professor Julius Duckworth O’Hare, Esq. illustrations by Wallace Edwards; verses by Kenyon Cox. J 811 C
  • The entrance place of wonders: poems of the Harlem Renaissance selected by Daphne Muse, illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb. J 811 E
  • Tai chi morning: snapshots of China by Nikki Grimes, drawings by Ed Young. J 811 G
  • Mites to mastodons: a book of animal poems by Maxine Kumin; illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, edited by Liz Rosenberg. J 811 K
  • Looking for jaguar and other rainforest poems by Susan Katz; pictures by Lee Christiansen. J 811 K
  • Yellow elephant: a bright bestiary poems by Julie Larios; paintings by Julie Paschkis. J 811 L
  • Guess again! riddle poems by Lillian Morrison J 811 L
  • Once I ate a pie by Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest; illustrated by Katy Schneider. J 811 L
  • A wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson; illustrated by Philippe Lardy. J 811 N
  • by Jack Prelutsky:
    • Good sports: rhymes about running, jumping, throwing, and more
    • What a day it was at school!
    • Behold the bold umbrellaphant and other poems
  • Read a rhyme, write a rhyme. J 811 R
  • Frankenstein makes a sandwich : and other stories you’re sure to like, because they’re all about monsters, and some of them are also about food… by Adam Rex. J 811 R
  • Keep climbing, girls by Beah E. Richards; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. J 811 R
  • Bear hugs: romantically ridiculous animal rhymes by Karma Wilson. J 811 W


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