Poetry, Spring, April – Roll Right In! Celebrate!
April is National Poetry month and the ReaderKidZ have a plethora of rhymes and verses to share. Let’s celebrate poetry in its many forms and moods. May we suggest nibbling on a sweet verse or two? What a perfect way to play with words, sounds, and rhythm!
“Poems for children are like toys that are made of words, and these words give wings to their imagination.”
Mahmud Kianush, founder of children’s poetry in Iran.
THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR CELEBRATIONS compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong is a delightful and easy way to introduce simple verses to young readers. The book is called a “poetry Friday” anthology because it encourages and makes it easy for teachers, librarians and parents to celebrate poetry at least once every week. Imagine, in this bilingual collection of over 150 poems written by 115 authors, there are poems for 150 different occasions, holidays, and historic events throughout the calendar year. With a short, serious or funny verse, everyone has year-round celebrations of every day.
Each poem is presented in both Spanish and English. Like the other books in the Poetry Friday Anthology series, every poem is accompanied by a Take 5! Mini-Lesson to make it easy to share the poems, extend the “window of learning,” and most importantly, engage children.
Fun examples for April include CHILDREN’S DAY, BOOK DAY by Pat Mora
Say día day, day,
Kids and Books Day…
Clap, tap, snap.
Kids and books,
Or try “chewing” on this one: POCKET POEMS CARD by Janet Wong
Pocket Poems card…
Your poem will soon
Celebrate poetry every day, it can be delicious. Poets include: Jack Prelutsky, J. Patrick Lewis, Joyce Sidman, Margarita Engle, Marilyn Singer, Nikki Grimes, Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy, Ibtisam Barakat, Uma Krishnaswami, Francisco X. Alarcón, Linda Sue Park, Jane Yolen, Kenn Nesbitt, Jorge Argueta, Grace Lin, Joseph Bruchac, Douglas Florian, Laura Purdie Salas, Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, and 95 others including Nancy Bo Flood with Rose A. Tahe.