By Angela Padrón
April is National Poetry Month! During this time, booksellers, librarians, parents, teachers, and students read, write, and analyze poems while recognizing the literary accomplishments of many poets, both past and present. The Academy of American Poets began National Poetry Month in 1996 to encourage reading poetry in classrooms, to highlight the art of poetry and the legacy and achievements of American poets, and to push for more publications of poetry books.
There are thousands of poets from all over the world that have written memorable poems. Some focus mostly on writing for children, such as:
- Alma Flor Ada
- F. Isabel Campoy
- Roald Dahl
- Rudyard Kipling
- Hans Christian Anderson
Parents, teachers, and students can find plenty of resources online to focus on poetry during the month of April.
The art of poetry has been around for thousands of years. By celebrating National Poetry Month, everyone can help keep this literary art form alive for thousands of more years. Whether it’s reading, writing, citing, or studying poetry, there are poems out there for everyone.