April is Poetry Month

Inspired by the success of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, the Academy of American Poets came together to form Poetry Month in 1996 to celebrate the art of poetry in all its forms. Appreciating the history behind it and the lives of poets that inspired it, Poetry Month helps cultivate a new generation of poets.

Poetry provides children an opportunity to develop crucial reading and comprehension skills. Chanting a poem over and over again can be fun, especially when you add some moves to it. What moves can you add to this fun poem?

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Over the years, Poetry Month has become one of the biggest literary celebrations in the world. Schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets all take time to teach, discuss, learn, read, and write this wonderful literary art form. If you want to join in on the celebration then take a look at this list of things to do.

  1. Check out our poetry section, 811, in the library and look for books like the ones below:

2. Join a virtual Poetry Program at the New York Public Library They are celebrating with poetry discussion groups, open mic hours, trivia, poetry writing workshops, poetry readings, and so much more. There is something for adults, kids, and teens.

3. Write some of your own poetry and share it with family and friends. If you need help getting started…the library has an e-book for that!