National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! Check out a poetry book from the Library and visit these websites to learn all about poets, poetry, and writing. Then, put pen to paper and find your inner poet!


At the Library

Children's poetry books and audiobooks available for checkout.

National Poetry Month logoChildren's poetry on video and sound recordings.

Kids' Books We Love: poetry reviews and recommendations

Teen Poetry Contest winners

Encyclopedia and magazine articles about poetry and poets.
Available from home for Skokie Public Library cardholders
  • The New Book of Knowledge
    Select Alphabetic Browse and the letter P; then scroll to Poetry for an encyclopedia article about poetry, poetry styles, and the elements of poetry.
  • Searchasaurus
    Select Stories and then follow the link to Poems for a list of poems that have appeared in books, magazines, and newspapers.

On the Web

...for kids and students

Giggle Poetry: Funny Poetry for Children
The Meadowbrook Press website is filled with lots of funny poems, poetry contests, and lots more.
Poetry4kids.com from Kenn Nesbitt
Read and listen to lots of funny poems. You’ll also find poetry lessons, games, contests, and a rhyming dictionary.
Writing With Writers: Poetry Writing with Jack Prelutsky, Karla Kuskin and Jean Marzollo
Three professional poets provide tips especially for students in first through fourth grade, fourth through eighth grade, and second through fifth grade. Topics include brainstorming, using descriptive words, and working with rhythm and sound.

...for teachers and grown-ups

LessonPlanSearch: Thematic Units: Poetry
A compilation of lesson plans written by classroom teachers sharing ideas for introducing poetry to students.
NewsHour Extra: Poetry
From PBS, this online supplement to the News Hour with Jim Lehrer is designed to help teachers bring poetry into the classroom. Resources include favorite poems, lesson plans, poetry links, and much more.
Poetry Teachers
Especially for teachers from Meadowbrook Press, this website features tips for teaching poetry, a poetry theater, poetry contests, and all kinds of poetry fun for the classroom.
A Treasury of Read Alouds: Poetry for Children from the Academy of American Poets
The American Academy of Poets posts essays on teaching poetry and a bibliography of read-aloud poetry books for classroom use.
Writing with Writers: Teacher’s Guide
Especially for teachers! Find out how to make the most of Writing With Writers: Poetry Writing with Jack Prelutsky, Karla Kuskin and Jean Marzollo in the classroom. Three professional poets provide tips especially for students in first through fourth grade, fourth through eighth grade, and second through fifth grade. Topics include brainstorming, using descriptive words, and working with rhythm and sound.
Word to the grown-ups! Many of the websites listed above as "...for kids and students" also have tips and tools for teachers and classrooms.