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April is National Poetry Month
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Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April. The month long celebration presents a great opportunity for us to feature a list of SB&F recommended books for children that integrate poetry and science.

Here’s a look at a couple the poems you’ll find in the books featured on our list.


Giant Sequoias

from Poetrees by Douglas Florian

Ancient seers
Of three thousand years.
Heavenly high.
Friends to the sky.
Spongy thick bark.
Large as an ark.
Gargantuan girth.
Anchored in earth.
Growing by degrees
To world's tallest trees.
Never destroy a
Giant sequoia.


Listen for Me

from Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pong Poems by Joyce Sidman


Listen for me on a spring night,

on a wet night,

on a rainy night.

Listen for me on a still night,

for in the night, I sing.


That is when my heart thaws,

my skin thaws,

my hunger thaws.

That is when the world thaws,

and the air begins to ring.


I creep up from the cold pond,

the ice pond,

the winter pond.

I creep up from the chill pond,

to breath the warming air.


I cling to the green reeds,

the damp reeds,

the muddy reeds.

I cling to the slim reeds;

my brothers are everywhere.


My throat swells with spring love,

with rain love,

with water love.

My throat swells with peeper love;

my song is high and sweet.


Listen for me on a spring night,

on a wet night,

on a rainy night.

Listen for me tonight, tonight,

and I’ll sing you to sleep.

Posted 26 Mar 2010 1:49 PM by Heather Malcomson