Happy National Poetry Month (NPM)! NPM was introduced by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996 as a way to increase appreciation for poets and their art. Now it is celebrated across the U.S. every year! 2020 should be no different. The public health crisis caused by COVID-19 has forced us all indoors, but we can still celebrate together while separated- virtually!

Celebrate at Home:

  • Ask your kiddo studying at home to participate in the Dear Poet Project
  • Sign up for “Poem-a-Day”
  • Take turns reading poems aloud
  • Ask your kiddo to define what poetry means to them and challenge them to write one poem a day
  • Play “Exquisite Corpse”
  • Write a poem in response to your favorite piece of art
  • Write a poem about nature for Earth Day!
  • Listen to spoken word online
  • Create “Found Poetry” using old books, magazines, or even random objects in nature
  • Create “Black-Out” poetry with a sharpie and old book page

Book Recommendations:

KCPL offers a ton of digital titles through Hoopla and Libby! Check out these poetry recommendations from our librarians!

Kids

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Available on Hoopla and Libby

Poetree by Shauna LaVoy Reynolds

Available on Libby
Picture Book

Booked by Kwame Alexander

Available on Libby
Recommended for Grades 4-8

Teen

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Available on Hoopla and Libby

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

Available on Libby

For Everyone by Jason Reynolds

Available on Libby

Adult

The Sun and her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Available on Hoopla & Libby

Recommended Parental Advisory: Ages 18+

Our Numbered Days by Neil Hilborn

Available on Libby

How Poetry Can Change Your Heart by Andrea Gibson and Megan Falley

Available on Hoopla

Written by Emily Griffis, programmer at the Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library and avid reader of poetry!