Yes, it's that time of year again... The fourth annual books4yourkids.com celebration of poetry! Today I am reposting an article I wrote in 2010 that was mostly to convince myself of the importance of poetry in our lives, but will hopefully convince you too, if you need it. But, if you do nothing else poetic this year, I hope you and your kids will celebrate National Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day which is THURSDAY APRIL 18! Almost every day this month I will feature a poem or review of a book of poetry for kids (including a book created specifically for Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day with tear-out, pocket size poems to share) that I hope you and yours will take a minute to read, to yourself or out loud, and enjoy. Poetry can force us to slow down and pause, to look around and notice things, to laugh out loud.
If poetry just isn't your thing, stick around anyway. I will be posting a few book reviews this month, including RUMP: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff.