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April is National Poetry Month

April is just around the corner and I need YOU 
to share your favorite poems for me to post!

Last year, I posted a poem a day and it was a lot of work but also a pleasure. I have decided to celebrate National Poetry Month again and while a few things will change, some will stay the same. Some of the poems and books of poetry I featured last year will return and some will be new. I also hope to read and review some of the many children's books (and maybe even a teen book or two) that are being written in verse. And, of course, we will celebrate POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY which falls on APRIL 14 this year! Be sure to visit for tons of great poetry and super ideas on how to make your own poetry month or poem-in-your-pocket day a huge success!

Last year I featured this amazing, incredible, magnificent book from ABRAMS

This year, I am SO THRILLED that they have published a kid's version!!! 

Poem in Your Pocket for Young Poets

Review to follow...

Also, be sure to get in on the poetic action over at 100 Scope Notes where Travis Jonker is hosting a spine-cento contest. A cento is a poem comprised entirely of verses or passages taken from other authors, in this case, the titles on spines of books. Below is an example of one of Travis' spine-centos. Click here for Travis' tips on how to compose a cento as well as another really funny one.

And, in some final exciting poetry news - yet ANOTHER posthumous collection from Shel Silverstein, due this fall! 


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