Yes, a special day to celebrate literacy and creators of fine reading experiences: August 21st is a day dedicated to Poets. For the history and rationale of Poet’s Day, check out this website on Poet’s Day. And here’s the perfect book to relish the special delights of poetry with your family.
Poetry Speaks to Children (Book and CD) edited by Elise Paschen and Dominique Raccah, illustrated by Judy Love and Paula Wendland
A wonderful collection of over 90 poems for children age six and older (and the adults in their lives). The book features poets beloved by adult audiences such as Robert Frost, Ogden Nash, Seamus Heaney, Billy Collins, and Gwendolyn Brooks, and also highlights children’s literature favored authors such as Roald Dahl, Nikki Giovanni, and X. J. Kennedy. The accompanying CD is a special treat, as most poems are read by their authors, so children are introduced to both the words and poetic phrasing of the poets truly in their own voices. I love the varied moods, from thoughtful to hilarious, and from free-verse to lilting rhymes.
Time to turn your reading diet to poetry to celebrate the waning days of summer this Poet’s Day. Happy Reading!