Thursday, April 29, 2010

Poem in Your Pocket Day and Poetry Month Wrap-Up

Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day!  From ...
The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends on April 29, 2010.

Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores.
Z and I have chosen our poems this year from Shel Silverstein's classic Where the Sidewalk Ends.  I wanted Z to choose Hug O' War but he chose ...
Homemade Boat
This boat that we just built is just fine--
And don't try to tell us it's not.
The sides and the back are divine--
It's the bottom I guess we forgot.

I chose a Silverstein classic --
Listen To The Mustn'ts
Listen to the MUSTN'TS child,
Listen to the DON'TS
Listen to the SHOULDN'TS
Listen to the NEVER HAVES
Then listen close to me--
Anything can happen, child.
ANYTHING can be.
We hope you enjoyed our kid poetry focus this month.  We loved reading a load of nonsense, going through the Big Book, and learning about different forms of poetry.  Z and I talked together about the different subjects poems can be about -- nature, family, school and so much more.  I think it's much more likely that he will find poetry approachable later in life if we incorporate it into his reading now.  Tonight he was chuckling at the humor of Shel Silverstein and we've agreed not to leave this book on the shelf for a whole 'nother year!

Reading rhymes is really fun --
Exploring poems -- we are done,
K and Z


  1. Aw, I loved Shel Silverstein when I was a kid. We had a big book of his poems that William Steig had illustrated, and I was just addicted to it. Wonder what happened to that book...

  2. I like the idea of carrying a poem around with you. I sometimes mail poems to my bookclub friends, and we did consider reading a long poem instead of a book one month, though so far we haven't actually done that.

  3. I love this idea of keeping a poem in your pocket! And we just go a copy of "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and the Little One was all over it. "Is this for me?" he asked. "I think I want this book for me."

  4. Jenny - Once we had to bring in a poem in 8th grade English and I decided to write my own. I was so happy when someone asked "is that a Shel Silverstein?" Of course now I have no idea where that poem is. I wish I still had it!

    Tracy - It's definitely a fin idea. I wish more people felt comfortable with poetry.

    Jenners - I hope he loves it! Let me know. :)