Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.
In case you were not aware … April is National Poetry Month.
Since we are celebrating the poetry genre this month, I thought I would share some poetry resources that I have used in the past or recently discovered to share with other educators.
- Thinkfinity Resources for National Poetry Month
- Classic Poetry Pages share poems and analysis of them. For example, on the page that goes along with Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” you can find the poem and information about the meaning of the poem, the poetic devices, and how personification is used in that poem.
- Famous Poets and Poems is a free poetry site dedicated to people who write and read poetry.
- Scholastic’s Writing with Writers: Poetry page allows you to study the genre of poetry by taking part in step-by-step workshops with favorite authors like Jack Prelutsky, Karla Kuskin, and Jean Marzallo.
- Poetry Pathfinders is a LiveBinder sharing resources for elementary school classroom divided by grade levels.
- Poetry Resources can also be found in this LiveBinder
- ReadWriteThink Resources for Poetry Month (check out WordMover along with the other great resources listed)
- Favorite Poem Project
- Playful Poetry Books to Share Podcast
- Poetry Across the Sciences from Science NetLinks
- National Poetry Month from Poets.org (What is national poetry month? 30 ways to celebrate, Celebration Highlights, A Poem in your Pocket Day, 30 poems 30 days, Poetry and the Creative Mind, Poem-A-Day, Spring Booklist …)