April – National Poetry Month

Kids love playing with words. I used to do a story time for four year-olds about sewing. They loved the words “spool” and  “thimble”. They used to walk around the room afterwards saying “thiiiiimboooooowl.” Why? Because it’s fun! Poetry books are a great way to share fun words with kids, especially words they don’t run into every day.  Wordplay is what poems are all about. Sure, hearing the words and seeing them will help build a child’s vocabulary, but also, your kid will laugh! From the very favorite “Where the Sidewalk Ends” to the Indiana born “The Frost is on the Punkin” you can find all kinds of poetry books at the library to keep you discovering new words that are just fun to say and poems that will make you smile. Here are some favorites as well as some new ones for 2015:

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Favorite Poetry Books:

The Arrow Finds its Mark CollectionA Child's Garden of VersesHere's a Little PoemMe & NeesieMeet Danitra BrownMirror, Mirror My Dog May Be a GeniusOmnibeasts: Animal Poems and PaintingsUnderwear SalesmanWhen We Were Very YoungWhere the Sidewalk Ends

New Poetry Books:

Bananas in my earsBeast Friends Forever!Bug off! Creepy, crawly poemsFollow followGrumbles from the ForestIf You Were a Chocolate MustachePigmaresPoem RunsPug and Other Animal PoemsSeeds, bees, butterflies, and more!Step Gently OutWe Go Together!Wee Rhyme's Baby's First Poetry BookWhen You’re a Pirate Dog and Other Pirate PoemsWorld Rat Day


Books Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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