Mar 26, 2018

Celebrate April as National Poetry Month with Resources from the Grant Wood AEA Media Center

April is National Poetry Month. Take time during the month of April to infuse poetry into your lessons. Here are a few collections of poems from the GWAEA Media Center:

  • "Bookspeak: Poems About Books" by Laura Purdie Salas - Books are given the opportunity to speak in an illustrated collection of humorous poems.
  • "Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein" - A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author's own drawings.
  • "Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson - The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South.
  • "Poetry; Intermediate" - America, My New Home; And the Green Grass Grew All Around; Animal Poems; The Animal Rescue Store; Animal Snackers; The Beauty of the Beast: Poems from the Animal Kingdom; Bees, Snails, and Peacock Tails; Fine Feathered Friends; A Kick in the Head; Mathematickles!; Monumental Verses; Pass It On: African-American Poetry for Children; Summersaults; What a Day It Was at School!; Yummy! Eating Through a Day.
  • "Animal Poems" by John Hollander - An animal poetry anthology features works of English and American writers. Each poem is preceded by a short introduction commenting on the poet and the verse.

AEA Online Resource Tip: Poetry & contains poetry to be used in the classroom. Students can explore the poems, but also focus on information about the authors. By using the advanced search for poetry options in, students can drill down to author interviews, book websites, and author blogs to conduct research on their poem. GIF#nationalpoetrymonth on Twitter. As always, we would love to hear from you. Share your ideas and projects with us at #gwaealibs.

-Deanna Weber, GWAEA media specialist, @dlweber