Saturday, March 30, 2019

April is National Poetry Month!

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Youth Department at the Apache Junction Library. We have poems that you can put in your pocket to take home. You may also want to check out a poetry book either from our poetry display or from our children's non-fiction section. Poems can be found under the call number J 811. There, you may find anthologies by Shel Silverstein or Dr. Seuss, just to name a few!

Perhaps after reading some poems, you may want to try a fun poetry activity at home. One fun activity I like to do with kids is chalk poetry. First, ask your child to come up with an original poem or pick out a favorite poem. With chalk, have your child write down their poem on the sidewalk or a chalkboard and add illustrations. Depending on your child's age, you may just want to ask your child to draw a picture inspired by a poem you've read together or to write down two rhyming words. Participate in this activity with your child and write up your own poem with them. This is a great opportunity to build your child's vocabulary and fine-motor skills which improves their reading and writing abilities.