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poetryEach April, across the nation, teachers and students alike celebrate National Poetry Month. Introduced in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets National Poetry Month offers the perfect opportunity to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry by children of all ages.

if you are a teacher or homeschool parent searching for poetry that kids will love, the following is a selection tried and true pieces that are sure to delight. For more, you can sign up for the free email series Teach This Poem, which features one poem a week, accompanied by interdisciplinary resources and activities designed to help quickly and easily bring poetry into the classroom.

In addition, The Academy of American Poets website serves as a hub for information about local poetry events throughout the month and provides free educational resources to teachers for classroom celebrations and activities. Many publishers, booksellers, educators and literary organizations use the month to promote poetry: publishers often release and publicize their poetry titles in April, teachers and librarians focus on poetry units during the month; and bookstores and reading series frequently hold special readings.

In Delaware, many events are planned to celebrate National Poetry Month including:

April 9:

  • Literary Reading featuring Delaware writers Liz Dolan, Larry Kelts, Maria Masington, Phillip Bannowsky, Jim Bourey and more at Zwaanendael Museum, Lewes
  • Poetry reading featuring Irene Fick, Kit Zak, and Gail Cormorat at Browseabout Books, Rehoboth Beach
  • 2nd Saturday Poets – Monthly poetry reading at the Jackson Inn, Wilmington

April 10: On Screen/In Person – 2015/2016 film series – Deaf Jam at Film Brothers Movie Co-op, Wilmington

April 16: Marquette Shaw: A Delaware Poet for All Seasons, spoken word performance at the Old State House, Dover

April 23
: 4th Annual Poetry Reading and Art Reception at Gallery 37, Milford

April 27
: Broadkill River Press poetry reading  featuring Gail Comorat, Ethan Joella at Irish Eyes Restaurant and Pub, Milton

April 28
: Speaker and poet James Alexander brings to light through prose both the direct and indirect influence our spoken word have on our lives as well as the lives of others., Kent County Public Library

April 30: Delaware Poets Laureate, The Twin Poets, Book Signing and Open Mic Event at MeJah Books, Claymont.

To learn more about National Poetry events throughout Delaware, please visit the State of Delaware website.

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