April is National Poetry Month, and working on creating poems together as a family at home is a great way to explore this unique medium.
The Academy of American Poets (AAP) shares: “National Poetry Month was launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996 to remind the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, and, of course, poets, marking poetry’s important place in our lives.”
This month provides an opportunity to enrich your at home learning by exploring poetry as a different style of self expression. Read more here to learn about the history of poetry and the variety of forms it can take.
The AAP has many resources on their site for both parents and educators to explore and share poetry with their students throughout April and Beyond.
You can sign up for a poem-a-day and have a poem emailed to you every day this month.
Browse a collection of poems just for kids.
At Poets and Writers, you can learn how to write, bind and decorate your own chapbook.
Reading Rockets, another national literacy nonprofit, has wonderful video interviews with children’s poets for your family to watch here.
Books Are Wings would also like to share a simple activity you can do at home as a family to create poetry:
Share what you and your family do to celebrate National Poetry Month by tagging us @booksarewings and using the #rireadsathome.