Noah Webster Is Wordly Wise

Get to know a true wordsmith! Noah Webster was willing to fight for the correct use, spelling, and pronunciation of words. It is such a great story that author Tracy Maurer decided to write a book all about the man who created the first American-English language dictionary. Meet Tracy and hear her read her book "Noah Webster's Fighting Words" at Bank Street Book Store on Saturday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m. Tracy will talk about this fascinating historical figure who recognized the power of language and words -- and how to put both to good use.

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