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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Celebrate Poetry Month!

by Nicole Settle, Children's Programming Librarian

The Fresno County Public Library is celebrating National Poetry Month and kids can join in the fun, too! Read on for suggestions.


Write your own poem and enter it in our poetry contest. Age categories include 3rd-6th grade and 7th to 8th grade. Winners in each category will receive a Barnes and Noble gift card!


Read a poetry picture book. Here are some of my favorites:

Silly Sally, by Audrey Wood

In this rhyming story, Silly Sally makes many friends as she travels to town--backward and upside down.

Things to Do, by Elaine Magliaro

Told in rhyming text, this story takes us through a child's day, focusing on the animals and objects around the child.

All of the World, by Liz Garton Scanlon

Follow a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning till night as they discover the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin, Jr.

An alphabet rhyme/chant relates what happens when the whole alphabet tries to climb a coconut tree.

Giraffes Can't Dance, by Giles Andreae

Gerald the Giraffe is too clumsy to dance with all the other animals at the Jungle Dance, until he finds the right music.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?, by Jane Yolen

Mother and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss.


Make a poetry wreath!


Paper plate
Colored paper
Flower template
Glue stick

Step 1. Cut out and glue your poem to the middle of your paper plate. Print off a poem from this website, which has wonderful poems for children, or make up your own poem!

Step 2. Using a flower template of your choice (you can find different ones here), trace your flowers and cut the shapes out of the colored paper.

Step 3. Layer your flower pieces and glue them together. Cut out leaf shapes.

Step 4. Glue/tape your flowers and leaves to your paper plate.

Step 5. Hang your beautiful new poetry wreath on the wall, for all to see and enjoy!

About the author:

Nicole Settle is the Children's Programming Librarian at Fresno County Public Library. She coordinates all the county-wide library programs for kids. When she's not working, you can find her at home drinking a cup of tea and knitting, with her dog snuggled at her side.

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