April is National Poetry Month. This year it is celebrating its 20th anniversary! National Poetry Month has evolved into the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry's vital place in our culture. I will be the first to admit that I got really bored with poetry when I was in school...all that breaking down of lines and figuring out meaning...it just didn't capture my interest. But as an adult, I have learned to enjoy children's poetry books as they are colorful and so much more easier to read and understand!
Here's a list of children's poetry books that I have been published within the past couple of years that I have enjoyed. I hope you and your child will be charmed by their beauty too!
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night
by Joyce Sidman
A collection of poems that celebrates the wonder, mystery, and danger of the night and describes the many things that hide in the dark. This beautifully illustrated book won a 2011 Newbery Honor.
Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings
by Douglas Florian
Here's a fun illustrated collection of poems and collages about dinosaurs. And of course its perfect for dinosaur fans. They'll really devour this one!
Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems
Selected by Paul B. Janeczko
A selection of short American poems dealing with the four seasons and the different weather events and animal patterns that can occur within each. Also, I'm a big fan of Melissa Sweet's artwork too.
Flutter and Hum: Animal Poems = Aleteo y Zumbido: Poemas de Animales
by Julie Paschkis
All sorts of animals flutter and hum, dance and stretch, and slither and leap their way through this joyful collection of poems in English and Spanish. Julie Paschkis's words and art sing in both languages, bringing out the beauty and playfulness of the animal world.
Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse
by Marilyn Singer
Here's a collection of short poems called "reversos" which, when reversed, provide new perspectives on the fairy tale characters they feature. So you can read it forwards and backwards and still read the same poem! This is such a fun and creative way to read poetry!
Orangutan Tongs: Poems to Tangle Your Tongue
by Jon Agee
Have you ever gotten tripped up trying to say a silly succession of similar syllables? Try out these hilarious tongue twisters for yourself for lots of silly fun!
Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole
by Bob Raczka
25 haiku give readers a fresh, humorous perspective on Santa's December preparations. And rich illustrations pull readers into every wintry scene. Read now, or save to read later during the winter holidays.
Stardines Swim High Across the Sky And Other Poems
by Jack Prelutsky
Here's a collection of 16 humorous poems about imaginary strange creatures such as the stardine, slobster, and magpipe. Plus, the illustrations really make those make-believe critters seem awfully real too!
Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold
by Joyce Sidman
When winter comes, how will the animals brave the long and cold season of the north? Read poems of the Tundra Swan, the Big Brown Moose, and the Beaver, among other animals. There's also poems about snowflakes and ice. Each poem is accompanied by facts and background matter related to the subject at hand. I just love the linoleum block art illustrations in this book.
World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You've Never Heard Of by Patrick J. Lewis
Here's a collection of wild and wacky holidays that should be worth celebrating such as: Dragon Appreciation Day, Frog Jumping Day, Ohio Sheep Day, Worm Day, and National Sloth Day. Don't let these days go by without a small celebration of your own! Plus, this book is perfect for transitional readers to read on their very own thanks to the large font size and easier vocabulary.