Mar 28, 2014

POETRY FRIDAY: Gearing Up for 2014 National Poetry Month

Thanks to Mary Lee at A Year of Reading for hosting Poetry Friday today!
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Tuesday, April 1st is the kickoff of this year’s National Poetry Month. Founded in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month celebrates the importance of poetry in our country. Schools, libraries, book sellers, publishers, poets, and readers all join in the fun with programs and events celebrated each year during the month of April.

This year's National Poetry Month Poster, from the Academy of American Poets.
Last year, I led a fun poetry activity in my boys’ classrooms on National Poem in Your Pocket day. (For a brief post about this, click here.) This year, I am working on a fun activity that will explore many different kinds of poetry, and I have some other ideas up my sleeve, as well.

For some great ideas on how to celebrate National Poetry Month, check out these links:

The Academy of American Poets



Reading Rockets


And here are two fellow bloggers who have a great list of links, as well:

Catherine at Reading to the Core
Karen at Teacher. Reader. Mom.

These are just a few of the many great resources out there! So how are YOU going to celebrate this year’s National Poetry Month?

I'm celebrating today because this is my 100th post! Happy Writing!   


  1. Whoa, Baby! Happy 100th post, Becky!!! Thanks for all the NPM links. I don't know about you, but I'm ready for the festivities to begin. :)

  2. Have fun w/the classroom visit! And very cool- 100 posts! Good job!

  3. Thanks for the resources. I'm looking forward to National Poetry Month.


  4. Happy 100th post, Becky, and thanks for all those links! I'll be celebrating Poetry Month by ... reading poems, of course. (Both adult's and children's.) I read a special one yesterday on another blog. If you're interested, here it is:

  5. Looking forward to hearing about those tricks you've got up your sleeve, Becky! Congrats on the 100th post :-)
    I'm going to celebrate NPM a number of ways: by making a collection of poems about imaginary places, sharing poems at my kids' schools, and participating in both the Savvy Verse and Wit tour and Irene's Progressive Poem. Whew!
    Here are some other classroom poetry ideas:

  6. Thanks for all these wonderful resources!

  7. For me every month is poetry month, but I'll happily add an extra cheer for it being national. Congratulations on the 100 blog post, and here's to many more.

  8. Oh great! I'll definitely check these out for my classroom!

  9. So many wonderful links! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful resource. Hooray for April!


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