Thursday April 14, 2011
Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day, and you can read about it here. I'm a sucker for rhyme; I just love poetry.
Did you know April is National Poetry Month? Poets.org from the Academy of American Poets has a list of 30 great ways to celebrate the month.
But today, why don't you slip a poem into a loved one's pocket...or better yet, into his or her heart? Share a verse you loved as a child. Write one. Find one on the internet. Grab a rhyming storybook and read it in a loud, singsong voice. Give your kids a good dose of the beauty of poetry.
We had several kids' poetry books and I'd often read the boys a couple of poems before bed if I felt we didn't have time for a story. I'd like to think those stolen moments of poetry had an impact on them.
Some of my mom favorites? For silliness (for the older child and his parents), Calvin Miller's When the Aardvark Parked on the Ark. For vintage Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends. And for its classic beauty, A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson.
So, enjoy Poem in Your Pocket Day. Tuck a poem in your loved one's heart today.