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National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, 30 days of celebrating the joy, expressiveness, and pure delight of poetry. Learn more about the National Poetry Month, get to know some of our most well-loved children's poets in our video interview series, browse the many online resources listed here, and visit your local library or bookstore to discover wonderful new books and anthologies.

What you'll find here:

Poets on poetry

Listen in as acclaimed children's writers like Marilyn Singer, Ashley Bryan, Jack Prelutsky, Mary Ann Hoberman, Nikki Grimes, and Janet Wong talk about reading poetry aloud and writing poetry.

Learning through poetry

Resources from Reading Rockets and Colorín Colorado

Resources from other organizations

Poetry booklists

Book Finder

To find even more great poetry for children, visit our Book Finder tool, and select "poetry" in the genre listing, then filter by age, topics, and regions of the world.

NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children

Each year, the National Council of Teachers of English selects Notable Poetry Books and Notable Verse Novels for Children. NCTE also presents the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children each year to "honor a living American poet for his or her aggregate work for children ages 3–13."

National Poetry Month resources

National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The core mission is simple: to celebrate poetry in all its forms and to bring more public visibility to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to the literature of poetry. Here are 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month.

More ideas from kidlit bloggers and school librarians

Get ideas for sharing poetry and poets in exciting new ways during National Poetry Month.

More poetry activities

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