April is Poetry Month: UBC Library Poetry eBooks, Online Teacher Resources and Activities

Resources for parents, teachers, caregivers, or any poetry lovers looking for fun ways to create poetry at home.

Blackout Poetry

Blackout Poetry Maker

Magnetic Poetry Word List

New York Times: Searching for Poetry in Prose (requires log-in)

Upper Canada District School Board LibGuide on Poetry

Poem in Your Pocket Day
On Thursday, April 30, 2020, celebrate the 4th annual Poem in Your Pocket Day across Canada. The day encourages people to select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. Find out more at poets.ca/pocketpoem.


Ebooks available from UBC Library

How to teach poetry writing: workshops for ages 5-9
by Michaela Morgan.
“Now in a fully revised third edition, How to Teach Poetry Writing: Workshops for Ages 5–9 is a practical, activity-based resource of poetry writing workshops. Each workshop provides enjoyable activities for pupils, aimed at building enjoyment and understanding of what poetry is and how to write it”

Poetry goes to school: from Mother Goose to Shel Silverstein
by Barton, Bob; Booth, David W.
“A must-have for teachers who want to engage students in reading and writing, and fill their classrooms with poetry.”

Little You / Kîya-K’apisîsisîyân
by Van Camp, Richard

Sweetest Kulu
by Kalluk, Celina; Neonakis, Alexandria

All Day I dream about sirens
by Domenica Martinello.
“From Homer to Starbucks, a look at sirens and mermaids and feminism and consumerism. What started as a small sequence of poems about the Starbucks logo grew to monstrous proportions after the poet fell under a siren spell herself.”

The Hobo’s Crowbar
by Lawson, JonArno; Dempster, Alec
“The latest wacky and wonderful collection of children’s poetry, Governor General’s Award winner JonArno Lawson’s”

Crazy about Hockey!
by Lesynski, Loris; Rasmussen, Gerry.
Collection of poetry about the sport of hockey.

Toes in my nose and other poems
by Sheree Fitch; illustrations by Sydney Smith.


Non-ebook resources
UBC Library Poetry Booklist