There’s no better month than April to celebrate poetry with kids, and include it in any at-home learning activities you might be doing!
Prartho Sereno, a former Poet Laureate of Marin County, has created a video series called Poetic Journeys for Kids:
“This is your very own invitation to adventure with me during these days when your classroom is your living room… Come explore with me! Travel into your own wild and wonderful imagination and listen to its secrets! ”
For other ways kids can celebrate poetry this month, try:
- Writing your own poems with the Poetry Idea Engine – this interactive game from Scholastic lets kids write haikus, free verse, limericks, and more.
- Listening to favorite children’s authors read through the Children’s Poetry Archive: Poetry doesn’t just live in books — it lives in the sound of the words and the voice of the poet.
- Sharing poems on social media with the hashtag #ShelterInPoems or by writing to email@example.com. This Shelter in Poetry collaboration asks readers to share poems that give them courage, solace, and actionable energy, and a few words about how they do that.
- Learning with this Shel Silverstein activity guide.
- Reading! Each day in April, you’ll find a brand new poem from top children’s poets on The Gottabook Blog. And here is a page of themed collections of poems kids like. You can also check out poetry eBooks and eAudiobooks from our catalog!
For even more ideas try the National Academy of American Poets’ 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month in the Virtual Classroom.