Freebie Friday: 14 FREE Poetry Month audio & print resources


Celebrate Poetry Month by listening to classic, modern & children’s poetry – just click below for audio links, poet biographies, informational podcasts, and searchable collections of online poems. Plus, stop by Dr. Sylvia Vardell’s “Poetry for Children” blog for incredible FREE printables of exclusive poems from the stars of children’s poetry as well as ready-to-use classroom lessons. I had so many requests for re-sharing the audio links, I just had to kick off National Poetry Month with a repeat – be sure to stop by the Academy of American Poets website for many, many more ways to celebrate – plus TONS of other freebies & printables! If you have a favorite poetry resource I missed, please add to the comments.

Poetry for Children: a blog about finding and sharing poetry with young people:

Explore these links for an incredible variety of resources: Audio & Video resources:

Poetry Foundation’s Audio & Podcast page:

Internet Archive’s compilation of resources from the Naropa Poetics Audio Archive, LibriVox, Project Gutenberg, & Maria Lectrix:

Poetry Out Loud’s collection of notables reading great works:

The Poetry Archive’s collection of international poems:

The Poetry Archive also has these children’s poems:

Favorite Poem Project: Americans reciting their favorite poems:

The Library of Congress’ The Poet & Poem Podcast series:

Slate‘s collection of poetry:

Poems Out Loud’s authors’ readings:

National Public Radio’s poetry resources:

The Cortland Review‘s archive:

The BBC’s collection of authors reading their poetry:

Happy listening!



Posted in: Audiobooks

About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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