April Showers Bring Poetry's Powers

Ever since 1996, April has been designated National Poetry Month, and now it stands strong and proud as the largest literacy celebration in the world. This longstanding tradition is proof positive of poetry's vital place in cultures across the nation and around the globe. Here are books filled with poems for kids that offer wonderfully worded examples of poetry's beauty and meaning.

 "Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets" by Kwame Alexander

 "Poems to Learn by Heart" by Caroline Kennedy

 "Feel the Beat: Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to Swing" by Marilyn Singer

 "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein

 "Life Doesn't Frighten Me" by Maya Angelou

 "Now We Are Six" by A. A. Milne

 "Dream Keeper and Other Poems" by Langston Hughes

 "A Child's Garden of Verses" by Robert Louis Stevenson

 "Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems" by Eloise Greenfield

 "Random House Book of Poetry for Children" by Jack Prelutsky

 "Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices" by Walter Dean Myers

 "When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons" by Julie Fogliano





Middle Ages Come Alive in Adam Gidwitz's "Inquisitor's Tale"

Time travel to the days of medieval stories and songs on Saturday, April 1 with author Adam Gidwitz and musician Benjamin Bagby. These two talents base their performance on Adam's book "The Inquisitor's Tale," a Newbery honor book set in the Middle Ages. Children ages eight years old and up will be surprised, entertained, and amused by this Symphony Space event taking place at 11:00 a.m. Participants are encouraged to come in costume (it is April Fool's Day, after all). A discussion of the book is included, as well as a staging of a scene from the book using audience members as participants. For tickets, visit https://tickets.symphonyspace.org/public/auto_choose_ga.asp?area=4.