Monday, April 7, 2008

April is Poetry Month

Jim Trelease, author of the New Read Aloud Handbook, has this to say in the introduction to Jack Prelutsky's Read Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young:

"...the first sound a child hears is actually a poem--the rhythmic, rhyming beat-beat-beat of a mother's heart. This early and fundamental relationship sets the stage for a natural and lifelong love of rhythm and rhyme."

Cultivate your child's innate love of poetry by sharing a book of poems with him/her. Our shelves are bursting with poetry books, stories in rhyme, anthologies, etc. Some favorites:

Touch the Poem by Arnold Adoff
Flamingoes on the Roof by Calef Brown
The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders by Jack Prelutsky
Timothy Tunny Swallowed a Bunny by Bill Grossman
Today and Today by Kobayashi Issa
Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman
Here's a Little Poem collected by Jane Yolen
Barn Dance by Bill Martin, Jr.
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Maybe you'd like to have some fun writing your own poems. Make it a family project. Pick an object and write a poem, and then share your verses. Include an original poem in a hand made card as a gift for someone dear. Keep a journal of poetry--ones you've written and ones written by someone else that you fancy. And enjoy poetry all year round--not just in April.