“What is National Poetry Month?
National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of
millions of readers, students, teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary
events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s
important place in our culture and our lives every April.
Inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and
Women’s History Month (March), the Academy of American Poets established
National Poetry Month in 1996. Along the way we enlisted a variety of
government agencies and officials, educational leaders, publishers, sponsors,
poets, and arts organizations to help. National Poetry Month is a registered
trademark of the Academy of American Poets.
Why was April chosen for National Poetry Month?
In coordination with poets, booksellers, librarians, and teachers, we chose a
month when poetry could be celebrated with the highest level of participation.
April seemed the best time within the year to turn attention toward the art of
poetry—in an ultimate effort to encourage poetry readership year-round.
The goals of National Poetry Month are to:
highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American
encourage the reading of poems
assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms
increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media
encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry books, and
encourage support for poets and poetry.”
(From the Academy of American Poets website)
By Deirdre Cunningham (2015):
spring is nigh old goat
nary a nuzzle nor a
nibble bated breath
Some selections from BSB's Children's Poetry Section include: Tiny Poems for Little Ears by Lin Oliver & Tomie DePaolo, Adder, Bluebell, Lobster by Chrissie Griffiths, Bravo! Poems about Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engel & Rafael Lopez, and Skywriting: Poems to Fly by J. Patrick Lewis & Lazlo Kubinyi just to name a few.
Don’t forget this weekend’s (April 7-8) BSB Annual Book Sale
with everything 20% off for everyone and 30% off for BSB
owners (April 6-7- 8) except for special orders, on holds and