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Poetry matters

April 4, 2014

It’s April — and that means the spotlight shines on poetry!  The annual celebration of National Poetry Month in the United States presents a perfect excuse to share the joys of poetry with children.

Children's Poet Laureate, Kenn Nesbitt

Children’s Poet Laureate, Kenn Nesbitt

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed seeing students find their way with poetry.  Some children love it from the start.  Others resist it as something they don’t “get.”  Many, though, eventually do come around to an appreciation for poetry — if only because they get to play with language and try out playful forms and silly words.

Whatever other lofty curricular goals might be in play for a unit on poetry — one goal should always be for students to ENJOY it!

U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate, Kenn Nesbitt, agrees.  “Nesbitt’s poems frequently deal with humorous, relatable situations that verge on the madcap,” says his Poetry Foundation bio.

Nesbitt is the author of numerous books of poetry for children, including The Armpit of Doom: Funny Poems for Kids (2013), The Ultimate Top Secret Guide to Taking Over the World (2011), The Tighty-Whitey Spider(2010), Revenge of the Lunch Ladies (2007), Santa Got Stuck in the Chimney(2006), When the Teacher Isn’t Looking: And Other Funny School Poems (2005), and The Aliens Have Landed at Our School! (2001), among others.

Each month (even when it’s NOT April!!) Nesbitt shares lists of books at the Poetry Foundation web site.  Take a look.  Order a few from your local library or bookstore. What better way to celebrate National Poetry Month with your students and children?

Happy reading!

Cannon School is a JrK-Grade 12 independent school located in Concord, NC.

 

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