Poetry Friday: Happy Anniversary National Poetry Month!

Poetry Friday Tag

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of National Poetry Month we checked out a huge stack of poetry books from the library.

FullSizeRender (19)We will be reading and blogging about poetry all month.

The first book in our stack was the National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry, edited by J. Patrick Lewis, former U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate.  This collection contains over 200 poems and each has a striking photo as its backdrop.

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We found so many poems in this book we wanted to share with readers in K-6 classrooms.   One poem we want to highlight for readers is by John Moffitt.   It is a poem about the power of noticing. We want learners to understand that noticing is one of the most powerful learning tools at their fingertips. It is their observations that help them question, connect and discover.

To Look at Any Thing

To look at any thing,

If you would know that thing,

You must look at it long:

To look at this green and say

“I have seen spring in these

Woods,” will not do-you must

Be the thing you see:

You must be the dark snakes of

Stems and ferny plumes of leaves,

You must enter in

To the small silences between

The leaves,

You must take your time

And touch the very peace

They issue from.

© John Moffitt, 2015

Let us know the poets and poetry books you love to share with students. We are looking forward to immersing ourselves in poems all month, studying the craft of some mentors, trying our hand at writing some poems, and learning from all of you.


  1. Cathy April 2, 2016

    The book you shared today is packed with poetry. There are so many possibilities tucked inside for shared reading, mentor poems, wondrous words, and considering wonder. It’s a must have!

    I’m looking forward to following your journey into poetry books this month. I’m sure I’ll make some new discoveries along the way.


  2. Mary Lee Hahn April 2, 2016

    Did you see this Poetry Month project that is all about NOTICING?!?! http://hatbooks.blogspot.com/2016/04/notice.html

  3. Brenda April 2, 2016

    I love poetry about nature. A great way to kick off a great month!

  4. Violet N. April 3, 2016

    I gave my grandson the National Geographic poetry book about animals, also edited by J. Patrick Lewis. If this book is anything like that one (and it sounds like it is with its full color photo pages) I’m sure it’s gorgeous.

  5. Amy Ludwig VanDerwater April 3, 2016

    I have always loved this John Moffit poem but forgot about it until now. Thank you so much for bringing it back to my attention. J. Patrick Lewis is an amazing writer and human. Have fun rollicking through that wondrous stack! Happy Poetry Month! xo


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