April is National Poetry Month.
I’m not a deep poetic individual, but being a children’s librarian I do enjoy some fabulous kids poetry.
We have several Shel Silverstein books in our guest bedroom, and on more than one occasion we’ve had guests reading them. Either the books are great and adults, grandmas, teenagers, and kids love them or we are really boring people and they have to turn to poetry for their entertainment.
To be honest, it very well could be either.
However, doesn't everyone enjoy a happy fun poem like this one?
Poetry can be fun, funny, enlightening, inspiring, educational, and so much more.
Poetry is great for reluctant readers (big or small, young or old reluctant readers) b/c it is a fast read (they are turning pages a lot and feel very accomplished), and can be easier to understand b/c of it's lack of wordiness.
No matter your age, you can find great enjoyment reading these 5 great poetry books and/or authors.
Any of his books really.
Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Runny Babbit, etc.
are great books with a compilation of his poems.
A fast novel about a dog and a boy told in a series of free verse. Great book for kids and as a read aloud for parents and/or teachers. Teachers could really use this book in their writing blocks. Hate that Cat is a sequel that you'll enjoy just as much as the first.
has several great poetry compilation books including New Kid on the Block. Prelutsky and Silverstein books are collection essentials in any elementary school library or library for that matter.
is an entertaining read, and Lansky does a great job of picking lots of really great poems by authors like Prelutsky, Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, etc.
is a fabulously written historical fiction book that won the Newbery in 1998. It is written in free verse about a girl in the Dust Bowl during the Depression Era. It's a fast read, and a read where you finish with new understanding and perspective. After reading Out of the Dust I felt very appreciative for the things I have; man, those times were tough.
The picture book I reviewed last week.
Do you have any favorite poets or poems?