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In April 1996, the Academy of American Poets founded National Poetry Month. Every April since then, we celebrate poetry in its diverse forms.

You can join in on the festivities by enjoying poetry however you like. You can host a poetry reading with your friends, or read some of your favorite poems on your own. You can even write your own poem! And even if you’re not a fan of poetry, it might be worth your while to explore it this month. There’s a poem out there for everyone.

We have a lot of poetry books in our children’s collection, so this is just a sample. Click the images above and below to check availability. We also have a display by the information desk if you’re feeling more spontaneous!



Explore Poetry!

By Andi Diehn

Explore poetry techniques such as simile, metaphor, and onomatopoeia. Includes activities so you can test your inner poet.



National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry

Edited by J. Patrick Lewis

What could be better than National Geographic photography alongside poems written by acclaimed poets?


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Runny Babbit
By Shel Silverstein

‘So if you say “Let’s bead a rook
That’s billy as can se,”
You’re talkin’ Runny Babbit talk,
Just like mim and he.’

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The Random House Book of Poetry for Children

Selected and introduced by Jack Prelutsky

Can’t decide which poem to read next? Random House has you covered with this book of 572 poems!