“Keep a poem in your pocket, and a picture in your head and you’ll never feel lonely at night when you’re in bed,” says Beatrice Schenk de Regniers. Why don’t you put a poem in your child’s pocket?
April is Poetry Month, and April 26 is Poem In Your Pocket Day. Oh, my, you say every day is some kind of day. So true. Today, for example, according to List of National Days is National Pigs In A Blanket Day. And tomorrow is National Telephone Day! But back to the point.
Who Started Poem In Your Pocket Day?
Poem In Your Pocket Day was declared by the Office of the Mayor of New York City in April 2002, and in 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative to all fifty United States, according to Poets.org. As a mother, grandmother, former teacher and children’s book author I love it! Children enjoy and learn from the rhythm and rhyme of listening to and learning poems, and there are so many, many great ones out there for kids.
Put a poem in your child’s pocket with rhymes
If you want to introduce your children to poetry and rhymes, you can start with the old favorites like those found in Mother Goose and in other nursery rhyme books. Little ones love doing Itsy, Bitsy, Spider, Hickory Dickory Dock, or Mary Had a Little Lamb.
Find printable poems and rhymes here
I’ve been sharing rhymes and poems with kids for a long time, and our blog post #8 has a page you can download, print, and cut out some poems for kids to read, put in their pockets, or recite. These kinds of activities are fun if the adults in the family will do it, too.
Children’s Poetry Book Suggestions
Need some ideas of where to find more poems? Poets.org has a section of children’s poems by category (animals, seasons, etc.) Click here to take a look at that. If you are looking for books on poetry for children, here are some of my favorites: A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, Collections of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies by Julie Andrews, Where The Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein, The New Kid On The Block by Jack Prelutsky. There are a gazillion more. Goodreads lists 220 Best Children’s Poetry books.
In doing research for this post, I discovered Bobbi Katz, who wrote a poem that starts like this:
A Pocket Poem
by Bobbi Katz
With a poem in your pocket
a pocket in you pants
you can rock with new rhythms.
You can skip.
You can dance.
Isn’t that fun! She’s even written a book called Pocket Poems! I can see that will be on my next book order. Click on her name to get more information about her.
I Hope you have fun on Poem In Your Pocket Day. What’s in your pocket?