April is National Poetry Month

Have fun this month by reading poems aloud, over and over!

Daniel Finds a Poem
By Micha Archer

What is Poetry? Maybe it’s glistening morning dew, or a cool pond, or crunchy leaves. A young boy spends a day talking to animals and discovering poetry is the world around you. The clear descriptions from each animal provide a unique way to think about poetry and the colorful collage adds to the sense of wonder – a creative way to discover poems through nature. Children will enjoy the outdoor adventure while discovering that poetry can be loud, quiet and all around you.

Animal Ark: Creating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures
By Kwame Alexander (Winner of the Newbery Medal)
Photographs by Joel Sartore

Kwame Alexander collaborated with National Geo- graphic to create a beautiful collection of poems describing the movements of land and water animals. A lemur, a bat, a snake and more are positioned and ready to take you on a magical discovery of sounds. With fantastic bold colors, photographer Joel Sartore shares an up close and personal collection of animals. Children will enjoy exploring the detail in these stunning photographs. They’ll also appreciate the swirls of words on each page and the black and white backgrounds with jumping “glowing” bugs and “enchanting electric golden colors…” Watch out for claws and wings! An author note is included and encourages readers to write their own Haiku.

Explore more poetry books at 811 in the non-fiction section at your local library.
Recommended by Paige Bentley-Flannery, Community Librarian at Deschutes Public Library


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