Monday, April 9, 2012

Tips for Celebrating National Poetry Month with Young People

Probably the biggest celebration of poetry occurs during April, designated as National Poetry Month across the U.S since 1996. There are a variety of ways to make poetry special in April, however, don’t wait until April to share good poems with children. April is simply a good time to reach out to parents, families, care-givers, and the community at large to share poetry in all kinds of creative ways. Here are a few ideas.

The list begins:

1. 1. Start each day with a poem read aloud by someone different (invite guest readers); strive for 30 poems for 30 days.

2. Set up a coffeehouse-style poetry reading in a classroom or library. (Don’t forget the refreshments.)

3. Contact local banks and businesses to ask them to consider displaying student poetry on their walls.

4. Write poems on postcards or letters and mail them to friends and neighbors.

5. Contact radio stations about hosting a live on-air poetry reading either at a school, library, or radio station.

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