May 20th, 2011
This week’s poetry selection is by newly-named Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis. You can read a great interview with him on the Poetry Foundation website.
Books Discover Children
J. Patrick Lewis
Yes, children do discover books,
But books find children on their own,
And then can’t wait to get their hooks
In kids who think they’re all alone.
For instance, GOODNIGHT MOON knows why
That girl is thinking to herself,
How can I ever say good-bye….
When Rabbit pulls her to the shelf.
And FROG AND TOAD hops to the child
Who almost lost his closest friend:
The only way pain’s reconciled
Is by the letter that you send.
When CHARLOTTE’S WEB bumps into you-
A girl who’s fastened to a farm-
The simple life you thought you knew
Is spelled out in a spider’s charm.
As children hurry to the page,
The picture page talks back by turns,
Capturing kids of every age
For whom imagination burns.
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