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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: