Celebrate National Poetry Month

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

Celebrate National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month Activities for Children

Poetry display featuring children's poetry books, haiku poems, and a flyer for the Kids' Poetry Reading
April is National Poetry Month! Wondering how you can celebrate? Try some of the following activities to enjoy and spread the love of poetry all throughout the month of April:
  • Attend the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library Kids' Poetry Reading. Poets and poetry lovers alike are invited to join us for our Kids' Poetry Reading on Tuesday, April 15 at 4 p.m. Kids can read their own original poetry or share poems by their favorite children's authors and poets. This event will also feature some poetry-themed crafts and activities, as well as light refreshments. For more specific information, please visit our calendar.

  • Poem in Your Pocket Day. The Academy of American Poets holds Poem in Your Pocket Day every year in April. This year's Poem in Your Pocket Day will be held on Monday, April 28. In order to participate, you simply select a poem that you like, print or write a copy of the poem on a piece of paper, fold it up, and carry it with you in your pocket all day long. The idea is that you will share your poem with others throughout the day, and they will share their poem with you, too. If you need inspiration for a poem to carry with you this year, try browsing through the library's selection of children's poetry books or searching for one on the Academy of American Poets' list of Poems Kids Like.

  • Check out a poetry book and add a haiku to our poetry display. During April, the Children's Room will feature a special book display on poetry. Children are invited to write a haiku and add it to our display to give it a little extra personality. A haiku poem typically has a total of 17 syllables, which are distributed among three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. For example, here's one I wrote for our display:

National Poetry Month
by Miss Julie
Do you like poems? (5 syllables)
Want to write your own haiku? (7 syllables)
Add to our display! (5 syllables)
So stop by soon and share your creative ideas with us! Feel free to ask library staff if you have any questions or want to see more poems or haiku examples.

Happy National Poetry Month, everyone!
-- Julie Burns