What better way to celebrate National Poetry Month than to take part in some fun wordplay. Here are some books and web sites to get you started.
Between the Lions
Watch TV clips, read stories, and play games with everyone's favorite young reading lions, Lionel and Leona.
Funny games and poems that will keep your belly aching the whole day.
Read a bunch of poems online from one of the funniest children's writers, Jack Prelutsky. You can also write a letter to Jack, learn about his life, or see a gallery of his pictures.
Poetry site of author Kenn Nesbitt. You can read some poems, play word games, enter a contest, or submit your own writing.
Help 5th grader Becky Botsford, otherwise known as superhero Wordgirl, battle villains using her tremendous vocabulary. Includes games and other activities.
Articles & Databases
Read a book, hear a story, or watch a film on this fun website from Scholastic.
Almost late to school : and more school poems
Shields, Carol Diggory.
22 humorous poems about almost every aspect of going to school.
Black? white! day? night! : a book of opposites
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro
Learn a bunch of opposites in this picture book of colorful die cuts.
Take some time to solve these word and phrase puzzles using your pronunciation skills.
Going, going, gone! : and other silly dilly sports songs
New comic sports songs set to classic tunes. Favorites include 'On Top of The Bleachers' and 'My Father Says We're Going Cycling'.
Jon Agee's palindromania!
What's a palindrome. A word or phrase that reads the same backwards as it does forwards. Find out some more about palindromes in this illustrated collection.
Laugh-eteria : poems and drawings
New York City's own children's poet, Douglas Florian, provides plenty of laughs in this funny book of verse that covers everything from pizza to hair to school lunch to dinosaurs.
15 amusing limericks and 15 comical pictures to go with them.
Put your eyes up here and other school poems
Experience a whole year in Ms. Roy's fourth grade class through the poems of her students.
Hilarious retellings of famous fairy tales like Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, and Jack and the Beanstalk. Be prepared for some surprise endings.
The circus of words : acrobatic anagrams, parading palindromes, wonderful words on a wire, and more lively letter play
Have fun with some word play in this circus themed collection.