In 1996, April was inaugerated as National Poetry Month by the Academy of American Poets.

    Additionally, The Keystone State Reading Association, KSRA has proclaimed April as Families & Reading month. The 2018 Families & Reading resources are available on KSRA's website under the Resources tab. http://ksrapa.org/membership/families-reading


    The packet includes book and technology suggestions for children in preschool all the way through middle school as well as ideas for families to foster a love of literacy in the home. Calendars with literacy activities are available for elementary students in English and Spanish.

    Listed below are multiple resources to help foster the love of reading poetry between children and parents.  Feel free to share your recommendations as well!

    Poetry Books for grades K-2

    Dr. Seuss books
    Shel Silverstein Books
    Bill Martin, Jr. Books
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear; Polar Bear, Polar Bear; Panda Bear, Panda Bear; etc.)
    Richard Scarry Books
    Jamie Lee Curtis Books
    Sandra Boynton
    Nancy Shaw Books

    Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
    Jack Prelutsky Books
    Carmela LaVigna Coyle Books
    Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
    On The Night You Were Born, by Nancy Tillman
    I Knew You Could!: A Book For All Stops in Life by Craig Dorfman
    Jane Yolen Books (How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight)
    Five LIttle Monkeys Jumping on the Bed  
    Eileen Christelow
    You Are My I Love You by Maryann Cusimano
    Anna Banana: 101 Jump Rope Rhymes by Joanna Cole
    A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children by Caroline Kennedy and Jon J. Muth
    Poetry Speaks to Children by Elise Paschen
    The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat: (I Can Read Books Series: Level 1) by Nurit Karlen

    Poetry Books for grades 3-5
    Oh the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
    A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children by Caroline Kennedy and Jon J. Muth
    Poetry Speaks to Children by Elise Paschen
    Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out by Ralph Fletcher
    The Random House Book of Poetry for Children: A Treasury of 572 Poems for Today's Child by Jack Prelutsky
    Wham! It's a Poetry Jam: Discovering Performance Poetry by Sara Holbrook
    Shel Silverstein

    Poetry Books for grades 6 and above
    Poetry for Young People: American Poetry by John Hollander, Ph.D.
    Poetry for Young People: Carl Sandburg by Francis Schoonmaker Bolin
    Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson
    Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes by Benny Andrews
    Poetry for Young People: Robert Browning by Eileen Gillooly
    Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost
    Poetry for Young People: William Shakespeare

    Stone Bench in an Empty Park by Paul B. Janeczko
    The Best Poems Ever: A Collection of Poetry's Greatest Voices, Scholastic
    Love That Dog: A Novel by Sharon Creech