Today on OOM we’re celebrating National Poetry Month! Taking place each April, National Poetry Month increases awareness and appreciation of poetry in the U.S. We here at OOM love a good poem, and we’re taking the time this month to read some great new books from Scholastic. Check out the list below and let us know—what are some of your favorite poetry books?
No Fair! No Fair! And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood (Ages 4–8) by Calvin Trillin, illustrated by Roz Chast: No Fair! No Fair! And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood celebrates the humor of familiar everyday topics. Find out if Justin is "the awfulest kid in the class," if there's anything that Matt won't eat, and if you can send back a new baby brother in this hilarious picture book!
Unbound: A Novel in Verse (Ages 9–12) by Ann E. Burg: Grace was born in bondage, her whole life has been spent in the fields and slave cabins on the Master’s plantation but at least she has Momma and her younger brothers for comfort. When Grace overhears talk of her brothers going to auction, she breaks free, desperately fleeing the plantation with her family. Together they seek sanctuary in the Great Dismal Swamp—a vast, wild wetland spanning the coastal areas of Virginia and North Carolina—all while in a constant state of anxiety over being caught and returned to their vengeful Master.
Here are even more books to read for National Poetry Month:
- Hi, Koo! (Ages 4–8) by Jon J Muth
- Around the World on Eighty Legs (Ages 4–8) by Amy Gibson, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
- Super Silly School Poems (Ages 6–8) by David Greenberg, illustrated by Liza Woodruff
- Neon Aliens Ate My Homework! (Ages 7–10) by Nick Cannon
- All the Broken Pieces (Ages 7–10) by Ann E. Burg
- Serafina’s Promise (Ages 8–12) by Ann E. Burg