I am about to say something a little unorthodox and maybe a little bit wacky:
Even though National Poetry Month is over you can – nay, SHOULD – still read poetry! Lucky for us, our library continues to collect wonderful titles to choose from. During our poetry programs throughout the month of April I highlighted a few books that shouldn’t go unnoticed by the pro and novice alike. And even if you missed our Flooretry program (where YES, we wrote poems ON the floor and put them ON the floor) or our Poetry Under the Tower (where we had a poetry reading!) or you have yet to see the poetry wall in Children’s Services downtown (tucked behind the 811s), you can still revel in the glory and tradition of verse.
My right-now top 4 recommendations for the poetry loving family are:
Outside Nature’s Window: A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies
Sad Underwear by Judith Viorst
One Today by Richard Blanco
National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry edited by J. Patrick Lewis
Ask your neighborhood librarian to show you where the poetry books are. You’ll be happy to have had engaged in such thick tradition and poignant language.