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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.

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  
by 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