Poetry Month

April Is Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. Established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, its purpose is to increase the attention paid to the art of poetry, to our poetic heritage, and to poetry books and magazines. Celebrate Poetry Month by sharing the poetry of Shel Silverstein with your students.

The Poetry Month festivities continue on the Shel Silverstein Facebook page, where you’ll find shareable poem images, activities, classroom ideas, and more.

Poetry Month Resources

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Shelebrate® "Poet Tree" Month with Shel Silverstein

Create your own "Poet Tree" and have a Shelebration!® all April-long! Just print out a set of leaves, jot down a few poems, and share using #ShelPoetTree. We can't wait to see what you put in the world!

<p>2016 Poetry Month Activities</p>

2016 Poetry Month Activities

Celebrate the world of Shel Silverstein with these brand-new printable activities from Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Every Thing On It, and Runny Babbit.

<p>Poetry Month 2015 Event Kit </p>

Poetry Month 2015 Event Kit

In this kit of all-new thought-provoking and fun printable activities based on the wonderful cast of characters in Falling Up Special Edition and Runny Babbit, you'll meet the Monkey, have fun with Headphone Harold, get silly with spoonerisms, and much more.

<p><em>The Giving Tree</em> 50th Anniversary Event Kit</p>

The Giving Tree 50th Anniversary Event Kit

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Giving Tree, as well as the anniversaries of five other Shel Silverstein titles, with these all-new activities.

<p>2013 Poetry Workshop Kit</p>

2013 Poetry Workshop Kit

In this brand-new kit, children will learn about many different types of poetry, gain clever tips to write their own, and compile their own poetry portfolio, all while having some fun along the way.

<p>Poetry Month 2012 Event Kit</p>

Poetry Month 2012 Event Kit

In this kit, the first to feature Every Thing On It, kids will delight in activities such as Shel-doku, make your own bookplates, word scrambles, and more.

<p>Poetry Month 2011 Event Kit</p>

Poetry Month 2011 Event Kit

Kids will learn to write their own poems, build vocabulary skills, and solve word puzzles in this kit celebrating all of Shel Silverstein’s poetry books.

<p>Poetry Month 2010 Event Kit</p>

Poetry Month 2010 Event Kit

This kit celebrates the zany, wild, and creative world of Shel Silverstein and his characters from books including Don’t Bump the Glump! and A Giraffe and a Half with activities such as the Cherished Characters Crossword, Perform a Poem, and Spot the Difference.

<p>Poetry Month 2009 Event Kit</p>

Poetry Month 2009 Event Kit

This kit provides a variety of materials to host your own Shelebration® event. Activities include the Lafcadio the Lion Word Search, the Runny Babbit Decoder Game, and The Missing Piece Maze.

<p>Poetry Month 2008 Event Kit</p>

Poetry Month 2008 Event Kit

In this kit, kids will have the chance to talk like Runny Babbit, compose their own ending to one of Shel Silverstein’s poems, and design their own postage stamp in honor of Poetry Month.