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Poetry Contests

Celebrate Your World with Poetry: Kid's Poetry Contest »

Celebrate your world with poetry! Write a poem about anything in the world or out of this world and enter to win! Winners will be announced at the Poetry Corner event on April 26, 3 p.m. at the Orlando Public Library. Pick up an entry form at any Orange County Library System location or print one. Deadline for entries is April 22, 2014. Ages 6-12.

Teen Poetry Contest »

Do you write poetry, raps, limericks or lyrics? If so, enter the Teen Poetry Contest! Ages 13-18 are invited to participate in this battle of the poets. The winners will be announced during the Teen Open Mic Night on Thursday, April 24, 6 p.m. Please pick up the official entry form at your local branch or submit your poem online. Deadline for entries is April 22, 2014.

Kids, Tweens, & Teens Poetry Events

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Poetry Corner

Thursday, April 24, 2014 at North Orange Branch

Join us to celebrate National Poetry Month. Skip, dance or hop on over for some fun packed and kid-friendly rhyme time! Ages 6-12. #tween

6:00
PM

Teen Open Mic Night

Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Orlando Public Library

Take the stage and express yourself! Teens ages 13-18 are invited to share poetry, music, raps, comedy and more at our annual open mic night. We provide the mic and you provide the entertainment. The winners of our Teen Poetr...

2:30
PM

Poetry Corner

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at South Creek Branch

Join us to celebrate National Poetry Month. Skip, dance or hop on over for some fun packed and kid-friendly rhyme time! Ages 6-12. #tween

3:00
PM

Poetry Corner

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Orlando Public Library

Join us to celebrate National Poetry Month. Skip, dance or hop on over for some fun packed and kid-friendly rhyme time! 6-12

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Library Online Resources

LitFinder »

Read over 125,000 poems in their entirety in addition to explanations of poems, biographies of poets and their pictures.

Literature Resource Center »

Read biographical information on thousands of writers and critical essays on their works and their lives.

Music Online »

Listen to audio recordings of poetry for young people.

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Just for Teens

Library Materials

Novels in Verse »

Read an entire story written in the form of a poem. They pack lots of meaning into a few words.

Young Adult Poetry »

Browse our collection of poetry books for teens. There are poems about school, basketball, relationships, and more.

Websites

Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Project »

Teens looking for a short poem to read out loud, check out these poems with 25-Lines and fewer.

Poetry Resources for Teens - Poets.org »

Digest your poetry on the go - try out Poets.org mobile offerings on your hand held device or browse their resources for teens online.

Shmoop: Study Guides »

Browse summaries, analyses, themes, and study questions for famous poems.

Mobile

The Poetry Foundation

Check out the Poetry Foundation's app! It offers hundreds of poems by classic and contemporary poets with you wherever you go.
iTunes | Website

Shakespeare

Discover the poetic words of William Shakespeare's 154 sonnets with this app. It also includes his plays and other poems.
iTunes | Website

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Poetry Challenge

(Answers are listed at the bottom of the box.)

  1. Which bird is associated with nursery rhymes? (1 word)
    Find the answer in World Book Kids.
  2. How many lines of verse does a haiku have? (1 word)
    Find the answer in Kids InfoBits.
  3. Who wrote A Light in the Attic? (2 words)
    Hint: Do a search in the catalog!
  4. What do you call a poem that tells a story about a person? (1 word)
    Find the answer in World Book Kids.
  5. Which beloved author is better known as Dr. Seuss? (2 words)
    You'll find the answer in Literature Resource Center.

1. goose 2. three 3. Shel Silverstein 4. ballad 5. Theodore Geisel

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Favorite Poets for Kids

Library Materials

Great Poems for Children »

Pug and Other Animal Poems

Browse the latest silly poems about pizza, ABCs, and even pugs! From Mother Goose to Julie Andrew's favorites there is a poem for everyone.

Laugh Out Loud Limericks »

Read poetry books that are all about limericks. What's a limerick? A witty five line poem that rhymes!

Websites

Children's Poetry Archive »

Explore poetry written for children! This site features audio editions of poems so children can read and listen to learn. You can also Search by theme or find poems that rhyme by searching by form.

Jack Prelutsky »

Experience Jack Prelutsky's poetry in his entertaining site that has a pizza as big as the sun! There are even activities for small children and poems about teachers and parents.

ShelSilverstein.com »

Find games and puzzles dedicated to the whimsical poetry of Shel Silverstein.

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