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National Poetry Month and Poem In My Pocket Day

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April is National Poetry Month and April 17th is Poem in your Pocket Day. Do you like secret little messages tucked into quiet little places like your pocket or lunch pail? My children love this and today we are sharing with classmates, friends, and neighbors alike a little rolled up poem to keep in their pockets to share with all they meet.

Keep A Poem In Your Pocket

Some Facts About National Poetry Month

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

Ever wondered why National Poetry Month is always held in April? In coordination with poets, booksellers, librarians, and teachers, the Academy chose a month when poetry could be celebrated with the highest level of participation. Inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), and on the advice of teachers and librarians, April seemed the best time within the year to turn attention toward the art of poetry—in an ultimate effort to encourage poetry readership year-round.

The goals of National Poetry Month are to:

  • Highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets
  • Introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry
  • Bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways
  • Make poetry a more important part of the school curriculum
  • Increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media
  • Encourage increased publication, distribution, and sales of poetry books
  • Increase public and private philanthropic support for poets and poetry

Great Poetry Resources:

Keep A Poem in Your Pocket pdf Download Keep A Poem In Your Pocket

Print Some Pocket Poems

Kenn Nesbit’s Poetry4Kids

Giggle Poetry by Meadowbrook Press offers several poetry activities.

Word Mover App for Kids (helps kids form their own poems)

Diamante Poem interactive, kids create verse in the shape of a diamond.

RhymeZone’s Rhyming Dictionary helps kids in their struggle to find words that express their feelings and ideas.

Jack Prelutsky Website for Kids

Shel Silverstein Printables for your pocket

Put a Poem in your pocket

Favorite Poetry Reads

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Creative Ways to celebrate National Poetry Month

Take it to the streets: Pick a favorite line from a poem and choose a clean piece of sidewalk or pavement to write on. You can search for a poem on Poets.org or check your bookshelf for an old favorite. Use brightly colored chalk to attract attention to your work, and add drawings or artistic flourishes to create some extra fun.

Hide Poems in Fun Places: Leave a copy of a poem in an unexpected place. Donate some poetry books to your local coffee shop or leave them in your doctor’s waiting room. (All those magazines are probably out-of-date anyway, and poetry doesn’t expire.) Post a poem beside the want ads on your supermarket message board. – See more ideas here.
Slip a Poem Into your Loved One’s Lunch Box: Putting notes in lunches is always fun, but how how making the note in the form of a poem? Your surprise poem can be one you love, or one you created yourself.
How will you celebrate National Poetry Month?

5 thoughts on “National Poetry Month and Poem In My Pocket Day

  1. Always celebrated poem in a pocket day when I was teaching. Now as a writer, I try to read a lot more poetry, share with others, and even incorporate some of it in my own writing. My husband enjoys writing poems; that has given me another avenue for sharing and discussion of ideas.

  2. Valarie, I love “the story behind…” articles I find 🙂 This was great! There were some links you posted that I have and many I don’t, so thank you! Here are a few more for ya:

    PBS Parents: http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/bookfinder/celebrating-poetry/
    PBS Arthur, Fern’s Poetry Nook: http://pbskids.org/arthur/games/poetry/what.html
    Highlights for Kids: https://www.highlightskids.com/poetry-player-poems
    Wonderful PINTEREST page: http://www.pinterest.com/melissa_taylor2/poetry-with-kids/

    And these came up in the #wonderchat the other night:
    http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com/
    http://wonderopolis.org/wonder-year-2012/using-wonderopolis-to-write-found-poetry/
    http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/what-is-a-metaphor/

      1. You’re more than welcome 🙂 That’s what the internet should be about, right? The sharing of info for benefit! 😀
        P.S. You can just call me :Donna 😀

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