For kids, the poetry classic Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein is of course an entertaining way to introduce the genre. I can still remember the substitute teacher I had in 6th grade who always read a sampling of Silverstein's masterpiece. More recently, books like Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face by Jack Prelutsky, continue the tradition of keeping the genre funny and full of unexpected reasons to giggle.
Over at ScopeNotes, Travis Jonker (an elementary school librarian and reviewer for The School Library Journal), confirms that poetry is not only fun to read, it is fun to create. To kick off this month, students from Jonker's Michigan school have created poetry using the spines (titles) of books. His 2011 Gallery showcases some of their work and is worth browsing, especially if you find yourself looking for inspiration for a fun family game to play with all ages during the break.
There are also other bloggers engaging in activities for National Poetry Month that might be worth following, like 30 days and 30 poets at GottaBook and Poetry Friday, which is hosted by a different blogger each week. Details about what children's literature bloggers are doing are summarized over at Kidlitosphere.
Finally, don't miss the local opportunity for your kids to become published poets! The Storyteller in Lafayette is hosting a series of workshops for poets:
April 9th: Smiling Cats: Playing with Personification
April 16th: Waterfall of Words: Using Sounds in Poems
April 30th: Picture Pieces: Art and Imagery
Sessions cost $25/ea ($65 for all three) and include a notebook, light snack, multiple writing activities and a chance to publish in The Storyteller's literary journal, Word Waves. Writers ages 8-10 meet from 4-5pm and writers 11 and up meet from 5:15-6:15pm.
Contact The Storyteller directly to sign up.
Happy National Poetry Month!