- Hear ye, hear ye — April is National Poetry Month! Gather your haikus! Brush up on your iambic pentameter! Dust off that old... wait. Why dust off old poetry books when there's so many fantastic new ones?
If you read one poetry book this year, make sure it's Here's a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry.Collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters, these 61 poems perfectly capture the everyday tribulations of a toddler's life, and we can't stop talking about it.
David Elliott's On the Farm combines poems, using unique distillations of farm animals' important features, with Holly Meade's visually striking woodcuts. For the older crowd, editor Jan Greenberg's Side by Side: New Poems Inspired by Art from Around the World puts artists and poets literally on the same page.
For older poetry lovers, our Mary Z. has compiled a few of her favorite young adult poetry books.
- Millie McDeevit Screamed a Scream... It's hard to talk about poetry month without mentioning the godfather of children's poetry.
The beauty of Shel Silverstein's poems is the nervous laughter that often follows. For example, the legendary poem "Boa Constrictor," from Where the Sidewalk Ends,, funcomfortably addresses mortality, as the narrator is slowly eaten by a gigantic snake.
His poetry isn't going out of style, either, evidenced by posthumous releases such as Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook, filled with tongue twisting spoonerisms, and Silverstein's first poetry collection, Don't Bump the Glump!: And Other Fantasies, just re-released with full-color illustrations.
We also recommend reading the biography A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein to learn more about this amazing man and his work.
- Put Your Poem On Our Blog! What? You still need more encouragement to put pen to paper?
Powell's Kids' Nalgene Water Bottle! (20 lines or fewer, please!)Post your original short poem on our blog before Wednesday, April 30, 2008, and we will randomly pick five names to win a $25 gift card and a
Under 13 years of age? Sorry, no one under the age of 13 is allowed to submit their name, email address, or other personal information — so please ask your parent or guardian to post for you.
Now, get to it!
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