We love April because it is the beginning of spring, but we also love April because it is National Poetry Month. Schools throughout the country celebrate with readings and special events, so now is a good time to think about giving poetry books to classes, who may want to study and enjoy poetry, but lack the books to do so.
You can see the poetry books in our collection available for donation by selecting "poetry" when you click on "give" or you can suggest a poetry book you like that is not in our collection by going to "suggest."
Some of our favorite poetry books include Gary Soto's Neighborhood Odes, poems about the small yet remarkable moments of childhood, and the verse novels of Margarita Engle, who has done so much to bring Cuban history to life through narrative verse.
In honor of National Poetry Month we will be offering one copy of a poetry book for each age group: Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku for early elementary; Gary Soto's Neighborhood Odes for upper elementary; Margarita Engle's Hurricane Dancers for middle school; and The Selected Poems of Langston Hughes for high school.
Join us in celebrating National Poetry Month by making an offer of a poetry book to a class if you are a donor, or requesting a poetry book to teach if you are a teacher.