April 12th, 2013 by Karen
Supposedly, April is the season for rain showers and spring flowers. But did you know it’s also National Poetry Month?
Yes, you probably did. Your teacher has probably already talked about it a bunch, am I right? And we’ve also talked about it here on Kidsmomo in past Aprils.
But here’s something you maybe didn’t already know: April 18th is Poem in Your Pocket Day! (If you already knew that, well, you are much smarter than me and should be running this website because I just found about it!)
Poem in Your Pocket Day is exactly what it sounds like: You pick out a favorite poem, write it down or print it out, fold it up, and put it in your pocket. Then throughout the day, you and your friends can take turns sharing the poems that you’ve picked.
Or you could put lots of copies of your favorite poem in your pocket and then hand them out to people. Or if you want, you could even keep your poem to yourself and just take it out of your pocket every once in a while to read silently when you need a little pick-me-up, like when your little brother is being super annoying or you find out it’s tuna mystery surprise day at the cafeteria.
If you don’t already have a favorite poem, here are some books and sites with awesome options — from funny to beautiful to downright silly (a jump-roping rhino, anyone?). Check ’em out now — you’ve only got a week to decide which poem gets to make a home in your pocket!
For my part, I’ve decided on this poem:
by Douglas Florian
Just when you think you know the boa,
There’s moa and moa and moa and moa.
-From the book Beast Feast: Poems and Paintings
When she was a kid, Karen’s favorite kind of poem to write was the haiku. Now it’s limericks!