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National Poetry Month Book Recommendations

Hello, Sweeteas,

A few recommendations (upper elementary and middle school) for National Poetry Month:

When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano

The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart

When the Sun Shines on Antarctica by Irene Latham

The Death of a Hat – Selected by Paul B. Janeczko

National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry – Edited by J. Patrick Lewis (great for Earth Day – April 22)

A Child’s Anthology of Poetry – Edited by Elizabeth Hague Sword

Out of Wonder by Kuame Alexander

And a great list:


Happy reading!

“Some people will tell you there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


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April Poetry and Magic

Hi, Sweeteas,

April is National Poetry Month. The National Poetry Month website has celebration suggestions and cool posters: http://www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/poster-gallery

Here’s the poem on this year’s poster:

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.

It reminds me of the poem “How to Eat a Poem” by Eve Merriam:

Don’t be polite.
Bite in.
Pick it up with your fingers and lick the juice that
May run down your chin.
It is ready and ripe now, whenever you are.

You do not need a knife or fork or spoon
or plate or napkin or tablecloth.

For there is no core
or stem
or rind
or pit
or seed
or skin
to throw away.

April is the perfect month to read and write yummy poetry. Come and check out one or two tasty poetry books (we’ve got plenty) from our poetry display.

Our library is undergoing a makeover courtesy of our principal and the Library Redesign Committee. It’ll take a couple more weeks for the work to be completed, but from what I’ve seen so far, the end result will be magical. Because of this, I’ve decided to make magic another one of the themes for April. We have many wonderful fantasy books about witches and wizards and other magical beings, several of them brand new. Come see our spellbinding display!

Beloved author Sir Terry Pratchett passed away recently (March 12). We mourn our loss and celebrate his amazing body of work. We have several of his books in our library. My favorites are the Tiffany Aching books about the adventures of a young witch and a rowdy clan of tiny, magical blue beings known as the Wee Free Men.

Happy reading!

“As the message drained away Vimes stared at the opposite wall, in which the door now opened, after a cursory knock, to reveal the steward bearing that which is guaranteed to frighten away all nightmares, to wit, a cup of hot tea.” –Terry Pratchett, Snuff

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