Save the Date: April 24 is Poem in Your Pocket Day

Do you have a favorite literacy celebration? A favorite month? A favorite hour? A favorite minute? I think every month is special in my school library, but I think April is extra special. We celebrate National Poetry Month, School Library Month, National Library Week, and Poem in Your Pocket Day. I don't want to pick a favorite celebration of the school year, but I think Poem in Your Pocket Day is right up there with World Read Aloud Day. There's nothing quite like stopping a fifth grader in the hall and saying, "I see you're wearing a sticker that says 'Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day! Ask me about my poem.'  Do you a have a moment to share your poem?" 

I hope you and your students will celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 24. I'll have a poem in my right pocket and a poem in my left pocket. 

In My Right Pocket 

(Inspired by Walter Dean Myers)
By Jack 

Love that dog, 
like a bird loves to fly
I said I love that dog
like a bird loves to fly
Love to call him in the morning
love to call him
"Hey there, Sky!" 

In My Left Pocket 

"Words for Flora"

would be
easier without
because you
all of it--
sprinkles, quarks, giant
donuts, eggs sunny-side up--
are the ever-expanding
to me. 

I am giving away a copy of Love That Dog and a copy of Flora and Ulysses

Rules for the Giveaway 

1. It will run from April 17 to 11:59 p.m. on April 18. 

2. You must be at least 13. 

3. Please pay it forward. 


  1. The more copies for the library, the better!

  2. Fun poems--and ACK! Haven't picked mine yet. Thanks for the nudge.

  3. Mine is The Swing by Robert Lewis Stevenson, reminds me of the freedom of my childhood. My school is celebrating by writing poems that will be handed out at local businesses so the community will celebrate the day with us.


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