2014 Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest, sponsored by the Callaway County Public Library and the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program! The theme for this year was “I imagine a world where…”

Photo of poetry contest winners5-8 years old
1st Elise Klein
2nd Lia Bondurant
3rd Anna Klein

9-12 years old
1st Heidi Royer
2nd Haley Garrett
3rd Corrie Bolton

13-18 years old
1st Dallin Rickabaugh
2nd Garett Ballard
3rd Anna Casady

The contest was judged by Clarence Wolfshohl and Denise Felt. For more information, please visit the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program. You can also read the winning entries on the library’s website!

Imagine That! Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest

Photo of child writingApril is National Poetry Month. In celebration, the Callaway County Public Library and the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program are inviting Callaway County kids and teens to submit an original poem. Kids and teens are challenged to write a poem that explores the theme, “I imagine a world where…”

Prizes will be awarded to winners in each age group, and a brief awards ceremony will be held on May 1 at the Callaway County Public Library in Fulton. Download full contest rules and an entry form here. Entries must be received by April 14, 2014.

Need some inspiration? Check out this book list of recommended poetry and verse for kids.

Put a Poem in Your Pocket

National Poetry Month LogoI’m convinced that children are made for poetry. They are geared toward finding delight in the everyday, infuse common objects with magic and are hard-wired for play. And so much of poetry is indeed playful.

Literacy experts tell us that teaching children the joys of playing with language will help set them on the path to becoming confident readers, and poetry is a great tool for encouraging children to enjoy the sounds of words. Poems emphasize the rhythm of language and the ways individual sounds make up words. In “Reading Magic,” author Mem Fox argues, “Rhymers will be readers. It’s that simple. Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know 8 nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are 4 years old, they are usually among the best readers by the time they are 8.”

Not all poetry rhymes, of course, but reading non-rhyming poems can also benefit children. Poems often introduce new vocabulary through unusual or interesting word choices, and rich visual imagery can stimulate a child’s imagination, spurring them to see the world around them in a new way.

April is National Poetry Month, and April 18 in particular is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Encourage the kids in your life to choose a favorite poem, copy it on a piece of paper, and then share it throughout the day. Celebrate further by exploring books of poetry together. Your library has a number of poems for children, both in picture books that illustrate a single poem and in anthologies. Check out our catalog list of recommended poetry for children, and if you have a favorite poem, please share it in the comments!

Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest Winners

There were over 80 entries for the 2012 Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest, sponsored by the Callaway County Public Library and the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program. Prizes were awarded to first, second and third place winners in each age group.

5-8 AGE GROUP
1st: Haley Garrett, “My Amazing Sister”
2nd: Casper Safranski, “Jane, the Juvenile T-Rex”
3rd: Alex Jansen, “The Champion Game”

9-12 AGE GROUP
1st: Emily Schweiss, “The Rich Man”
2nd: A.J. Ballard, “Summer Night”
3rd: Garett Ballard, “”The Old Ice-Cream Truck”

13-18 AGE GROUP
1st: Grace Stukenborg, “Thoughts of a Sailor”

The contest was judged by local poet and North Callaway High School teacher Justin Hamm. For more information, please visit the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program. You can also read the winning entries on the library’s website!

Callaway Youth Poetry Contest

Photo of child writingAs part of National Poetry Month in April, we invite Callaway County kids and teens to submit original poems in one of three age categories (5-8, 9-12, 13-18), with a chance to win an award and have their work displayed at the Callaway County Public Library, Central Bank and at www.dbrl.org.  An awards ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on April 24 at the Callaway County Public Library. Cosponsored by the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program.

Get entry forms at the Callaway County Public Library, bookmobile or onlineEntries due April 6.