National Poetry month is celebrated during April. There are many amazing writers of poetry to honor. Thinking back to those first childhood poetry memories brings to mind the rhyme and rhythm of Mother Goose. Primary grade children listened to Aileen Fisher, Robert Frost, Jack Prelutsky, & Shel Silverstein, just to name a few. Recently Julie Andrews, Jeff Foxworthy, Jon Scieska, Margarita Engle, & Peter Yarrow have been recognized for their contributions to children’s poetry.
There are many ways to encourage your children to enjoy poetry. Try reading a poem everyday this month. Be sure to tell them about the poems you like best. Carry a poem in your pocket. Mail a poem on a postcard to a grandparent or a best friend. Just take some time this month to share a poem with someone special.
Poet, Kristine O’Connell George has a fabulous selection of poetry resources for parents, teachers, librarians, and home school families here. Kristine is the author of Fold Me A Poem, a book that through poetry introduces us to a young boy who uses his creative energy to fold origami animals from colored paper squares. She has authored several other poetry books for children. Thanks Kristine – you truly are an inspiration!
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