National Poetry Month, which began in 1996 from the Academy of American Poets, celebrates its 25th year.
Reading and learning about poems help with rhyming, order of words and critical thinking skills.
In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reading out loud your children including to “read from a variety of children’s books, including fairy tales, poetry, and nursery rhymes.”
Here are five ways to introduce your kids to poetry.
1. Poetry Books for Kids. There are a variety of books to check-out on poetry, including some favorite authors such as Shel Silverstein, Mother Goose, or Dr. Seuss. Need other options? Click here or here for Scholastic who provides a list to by grade and age group.
2. Write a Poem. Have your kids show off their poetic side. Have them choose a topic and write a poem. Then have them read to the family during dinner. If your kids are younger, work on the poem together with simple words or pictures. There are a lot of fun ways to write poetry with kids. Such as use an acrostic poem, or ekphrastic poetry You can look for these forms and others from Writer’s Digest 168 poetry forms to try here.
3. Poetic Pinterest. If you are looking for ideas to help teach your kids about poetry, Pinterest has a few ideas to try here.
4. Area events and programs dealing with poetry. View your local library listings for events in your city. Fr example, Cuyahoga County Public Library is bringing patrons 30 days of poetry. Each post includes a daily mix of poetry to read, poetry to write, and a poetry book to check out. Click here to learn more.
5. Start Reading a Poem a Day — The Academy of American Poets has put together a list of poems just for kids and teens that has kid-friendly themes and appropriate for young readers. Read a poem or day or discuss them with your child. Or have a Poetry night, where each member of the family chooses a poem and performs it for each other. Visit for poems for kids and teens here