UPDATED! Poetry: A 30 Day Feast

30 poets 30 dayspoetry eventHappy National Poetry Month!

In kicking off his annual 30 Poets/30 Days event, Greg Pincus shows us that poets are all around us with Mary Lee Hahn’s poem, Green Door. If you know that she is co-blogger of A Year of Reading with Franki Sibbeson, then you probably know she coordinates Poetry Friday for the blogosphere.

So what’s 30 Poets/30 Days? Here’s what Greg says:

Each day of the month, I’ll post a previously unpublished poem by a different poet. I’ve seen a lot of the poetry already, and I can safely say it’s gonna be a great month.

Have you seen Greg’s lineup of poets? As much as I love playing with words and encouraging others to do the same, I am not much of a poet. Thankfully, the world is FILLED with poets. This month to celebrate poetry, I’m going to the Reading Tub archives and sharing the reviews of our favorite kids poetry.

Poetry is a wonderful way to engage kids with reading and help them practice. Combine rhyming with lots of “white space” on a page, and the fact that most children’s poetry is meant to be read aloud, and you’ve got all you need to help kids hone their literacy skills … they might even be inspired to write their own poetry.

Our audience is infant to Young Adult, so we’ll have something for everyone. All of our reviews invite you to add yours to the list, so if you have read and blogged about one of the books in our Tweets, be sure to click over and add the link! That way, when one of our @thereadingtub followers clicks, they’ll see your review too!

I’ll close with some hashtags for poetry and kidlit lovers to make it easy to find all the great stuff that lies ahead.

#NPM or #npm

If I’m missing any, feel free to add them in the comments and I’ll update this post!