April 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of celebrating poets and poetry!  Started in 1996, by The Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month exists to remind people that “poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters”. 

The Academy of Poets has a list of ideas of how you can celebrate such as: 

  • Subscribe to their Poem-a-Day for a daily dose of poetry!
  • Sign up for an online poetry class or workshop. 
  • Donate books of poetry to little free libraries and mutual aid networks. 
  • Take a walk and write a poem outside. 
  • Start a virtual poetry reading group or potluck, inviting friends to share poems. 
  • Record a video of yourself reading a poem, then share it on Instagram, Facebook, or another social media platform you use.  
  • Schedule a video chat and read a poem to your loved ones. 
  • Read a poem out loud from your porch, window, backyard or outdoor space.  

The Cedar Mill Libraries have many new and notable poetry books for children and young readers.  You can check out our list, place a hold and pick it up (or read it online!). There’s something here for everyone!