It’s April! That means it’s National Poetry Month! Reading poetry can be entertaining and meaningful, as well as an excellent tool for getting children excited about reading. There are also many academic benefits to memorizing and reading poetry out loud. It increases brain activity, improves language pattern recognition, and helps to develop new vocabulary. From lyrical picture books and nursery rhymes to novels in verse, here is a list of poetry books for you to share with your readers.
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The Day You Begin
With magical, concise and perceptive poems, Newbery-Honor winning author Joyce Sidman captures the life of a tree frog in an intimate and moving way. The narrator’s connection with this small creature brings solace, comfort, and a sense of mystery. You can also check out this title as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby.
Eric Carle’s Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Other Nursery Rhymes
Featuring an interactive lift-the-flap on every spread, this board book pairs five classic nursery rhymes with signature artwork by the award-winning creator of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”
Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance
From Children’s Literature Legacy Award-winning author Nikki Grimes comes a feminist-forward new collection of poetry celebrating the little-known women poets of the Harlem Renaissance–paired with full-color, original art from female African-American illustrators. You can also check out this title as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.
My Voice Is a Trumpet
From voices tall as a tree to voices small as a bee, this story in rhyme illustrates how every voice deserves to be heard and has the potential to change the world. You can also check out this title as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby.
Red, White, and Whole
A picture book adaptation of US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s poem, “Remember.”