Wednesday, April 3, 2013

National Poetry Month

It's National Poetry Month! According to, National Poetry Month was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to widen the attention to poetry, poets, and to poetic heritage. It's a month when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets get together to celebrate poetry and its place in American culture.

Want to celebrate at home? has a list of 30 ways you can do that.

Or why not reserve a poetry book this month? Here are a few ideas:

Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors by Joyce Sidman, illustrations by Beckie Prange

Poetry Speaks Who I Am edited by Elise Paschen

Something Permanent photographs by Walker Evans, poetry by Cynthia Rylant

The Pain Tree: And Other Teenage Angst-Ridden Poetry collected and illustrated by Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd

Hour of Freedom: American History in Poetry compiled by Milton Meltzer, illustrations by Marc Nadel

It's a Woman's World: A Century of Women's Voices in Poetry edited by Neil Philip

My Name is Jason, Mine Too: Our Story, Our Way by Jason Reynolds and Jason Griffin

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