April is National Poetry Month. Please don’t require every student to write a poem this month. Please, please, please. Okay, I take that back. Maybe writing poetry is part of your curriculum and this is a necessary assignment. If you have the flexibility, and I hope you do, I suggest you celebrate National Poetry Month by sharing light-hearted poetry with your students. My current favorite kids’ poet is Kenn Nesbitt. This guy is crazy-good at penning rib-tickling poems for kids. I wish I could give you a sample here, however, I’d probably wind up in jail for copyright infringement. Since I have a fun weekend planned, I’m instead going to suggest that you head over to his website, poetry4kids.com. It is, as Kenn describes, “a funny poetry playground.” You’ll find lots of funny poems, a list of his poetry books, poetry lessons and activities, a rhyming dictionary, videos, school visit information, and plenty more.
By the way, who is your favorite children’s poet?
Happy National Poetry Month!
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Favorite poets are as follows:
1. Anastasia Suen.
2. Dr. Seuss.
3. Naomi Shihab Nyo.
4. Edward Lear.
5. Francisco Alcarón.
6. Paul Fleischman.
7. Judith Viorst.
8.Robert Louis Stevenson.
9. Nikki Grimes.
10. Patrick Lewis.
Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, & Robert Louis Stevenson.
Shel Silverstein for young students; Edgar Allan Poe (my personal favorite) for secondary students.
Silverstein, Prelutsky, and Nick Cannon (Neon Aliens Ate My Homework by Nick Cannon and Art Mobb)