This is one of the largest literary celebrations in the world. This Web site includes resources and ideas to celebrate National Poetry Month and to get your students excited about poetry. You can view a PDF of the 2008 National Poetry Month poster. Teachers and teacher librarians can request a free copy be mailed to them. Teachers can also visit the Poster Gallery to view and buy copies of posters from previous years. This year’s programs include Poem in Your Pocket Day, Poetry and the Creative Mind, Life Lines Contest, Poem-A-Day, Spring Book List, and National Poetry Map. Resources include creative and inexpensive ways for teachers to highlight poetry, instructions for a Poetry Read-a-thon, ideas for teacher librarians to make poetry more visible in the library, and 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month.
A local celebration of poetry will be held at the Second Annual Iowa Book Festival in downtown Adel on April 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce and is free. Featured poets are Michael Carey, Mary Swander, and Deb Marquart. For further information go to http://partners.adeliowa.org/iowabookfestival.page.