April is National Poetry Month! Explore this expressive and fun way of writing with your kiddos all April long with activities and stories everyone will love.
Exploring poetry as a family can help build your little one’s literacy skills, and help create a love for reading in the future! Did you know that poetry can also be a great stress-reliever for kiddos and way for your little one to express and explore their own feelings?
Interested in family-friendly activities and poetry to explore with your family this April? Check out our fun ideas below:
Read A Poem A Day (together!)
This one is pretty simple - read one new poem a day as a family throughout the month of April! Reading together will help your kiddo become more familiar with poetry and how it differs from regular storytelling.
Check out Poets.org for a massive (and unique!) list of all kinds of poems for kids, with topics ranging from Animals, Nature, Family, Sports and so much more!
Explore Nursery Rhymes
Both rhyme and rhythm found within nursery rhymes help kids hear the sounds and syllables in words, which helps kids learn to read!
Nursery rhymes are some of the oldest poems we know of! Some all-time favorites include Humpty Dumpty, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Jack & Jill and Mary Had A Little Lamb.
Reciting and reading these nursery rhymes (along with the other classics!) is important to do as your little learner grows, and helps them develop a number of skills including hearing awareness, language recognition and more!
Add Poetry Books & Poets To Your At-Home Library
Not sure where to begin in the world of poetry? That’s okay! Visit your local library, who often set up displays with favorite poetry books in celebration of National Poetry Month, or take a look through our few suggestions below!
Ages 0 to 2
Haiku Baby by Betsy E. Snyder
Little Poems for Tiny Ears by Lin Oliver, illustrated by Tomie DePaolo
Digger, Dozer, Dumper by Hope Vestergaard, illustrated by David Slonim
Ages 3 to 4
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae, illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
Shout!: Little Poems that Roar by Brod Bagert, illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa
Ages 5 to 8
Hailstones and Halibut Bones: Adventures in Poetry and Color by Mary O’Neill, illustrated by John Wallner
Sing a Song of Popcorn: Every Child's Book Of Poems by by Mary Michaels White, Eva Moore, & Beatrice Schenk De Regniers