Cultivating A Love For The Written Word

A lot of kids don't think they like poetry that is until, they listen to someone read a book that is funny.  So, in honor of National Poetry Month, I would like to highlight two books that will tickle your funny bone. 

Poetry should be read aloud, and thus; I would like to urge parents to read these books with their children.  I had a wonderful teacher growing up, who read every day to the class; many of which were written by Shel Silverstein.  This is one of the experiences that cultivated my love of the written word, and it was one of the greats gifts that I have received. I hope that your family takes time to enjoy poetry together, and that it becomes an important part of your lives.

 Every Thing On It: Poems and Drawings  Shel Silverstein.

The second original book to be published since Silverstein's passing in 1999, this poetry collection includes more than one hundred and thirty never-before-seen poems and drawings completed by the cherished American artist and selected by his family from his archives.

A spider lives inside my head Who weaves a strange and wondrous web Of silken threads and silver strings To catch all sorts of flying things, Like crumbs of thought and bits of smiles And specks of dried-up tears, And dust of dreams that catch and cling For years and years and years . . .Have you ever read a book with everything on it? Well, here it is, an amazing collection of never-before-published poems and drawings from the creator of Where the Sidewalk End, A Light in the Attic, and Falling Up. You will say Hi-ho for the toilet troll, get tongue-tied with Stick-a-Tongue-Out-Sid, play a highly unusual horn, and experience the joys of growing down. What's that? You have a case of the Lovetobutcants? Impossible! Just come on in and let the magic of Shel Silverstein bend your brain and open your heart.

I've Lost My Hippopotamus: More Than 100 Poems  Jack Prelutsky

A brand-new rib-tickling collection of more than 100 never-before-published poems by national bestselling poet Prelutksy. Some of the animals in this book are real. They include: the hippopotamus (she's missing) the elephant (he's artistically talented) the octopus (it's great at multitasking). Others may not be quite so real. These include: the wiguana (very hairy, for a lizard) the halibutterfly (there's something fishy about it) the gludu (quite clingy). In the tradition of Jack Prelutsky's classic poetry collections The New Kid on the Block , It's Raining Pigs & Noodles , and A Pizza the Size of the Sun , here is a book packed with more than 100 funny poems and silly pictures. Most of the poems are about animals-some are big and some are small, some have unusual interests, and some are just plain unusual.

Additional Resources

Writers in the Schools’ Poem A Day Project Comes to HCPL’s Facebook Page

Poetry Foundation

Educator's Guide from The Academy of American Poets