April is National Poetry Month, and I was wondering what are everyone's favorite poems for sharing in the classroom? I enjoy reading Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer Somebody's Mother by Mary Dow Brine Poems (and humorous stories) by James Whitcomb Riley I can't forget good old Dr. Seuss Silly Song of States (see www.aprilgem.com blog on 2/18/2004) This was in one of my beginner piano books from when I was a kid and I'm still singing it. (I heard a discussion about song lyrics and poetry on NPR several years ago. Lyrics are a special form of poetry; not every poem can become a song. I recently read a book concerning songwriting that expressed how song lyrics need to be singable, match the music, but also contain the various elements of poetry, especially imagery). Song lyrics I especially like to share are Up a Lazy River by Hoagy Carmichael and Sidney Arodin Old Cape Cod by Claire Rothrock, Milton Yakus, and Allan Jeffrey Anything from the classic movie Hans Christian Anderson starrying Danny Kaye (Inchworm and Thumbalina are especially useful in math class).