Celebrate National Poetry Month

Posted on Monday, April 3, 2017 by Kristy

Read to Me: A Child to Mommy
by Jane Yolen

“Read to me riddles and read to me rhymes,
Read to me stories of magical times.
Read to me tales about castles and kings.
Read to me stories of fabulous things.
Read to me pirates and read to me knights.
Read to me dragons and dragonback fights.
Read to me spaceships and cowboys and then
When you are finished–please read them again.”

April is National Poetry Month! It’s a wonderful time to read some great poetry (like the poem above in Jane Yolen’s “Wee Rhymes: Baby’s First Poetry Book“). It’s also a fantastic time to challenge kids to practice writing their own poetry.

The Callaway County Public Library and the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program invite Callaway County kids and teens ages 5-18 to submit an original poem for the Callaway Youth Poetry Contest.

This year’s theme is “America the Beautiful.” Write a poem that celebrates the natural beauty of the United States. It could be about summertime, travel to American destinations, weekend road trips in Missouri or something you see in your back yard.

For more information and contest guidelines, click here. Happy writing!