Glimpses into a Better Understanding of the Human Experience with New Poetry Books

April is national poetry month, a celebration of how this literary art reveals the precious truth with words. All of us have experienced hardships, joy, and challenges these past two years. We have seen glimpses into a kinder society that shows our desire to gain a better understanding of each other. I believe we are lucky to be educators during a time of turmoil in our government and communities. Books that provide windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors have helped us understand what others’ hopes and fears entail. And no other form of writing expresses emotions and creates imagery like poetry. Following are details about four of my favorite new poetry titles...

New Books that Help Explain Cancer and Sadness to Young Children

The past several years, more and more books that cover coping with cancer and facing difficult challenges have become available for young children. Following are three new titles, along with details on my book -- all highlight the bond between mother and son/s and how they face sensitive subjects together. I recommend these books as a valuable addition to any school library collection.

Father-Daughter Bonds Demonstrated in New Books

Fathers teach their daughters about love, trust, and security. My dad taught me I can always depend on him. I am fortunate that my dad is a grandfather my sons can look to as an example to follow: a feminist man who loves his daughters, son, and grandchildren to the moon and back. I don’t need my dad to hold my hand anymore, because I know he will always have my back. In this #blogarticle I highlight five #newbooks that celebrate the unique bond between fathers and daughters.

New Books that Honor Mothers’ Love, Creativity, and Hard Work

Being a mother is hard work! Yet, it is the most rewarding role I’ll ever have. As I am helping librarians and principals build new school libraries, I have found many new beautiful books that celebrate all kinds of mothers. Following are three new titles that I think are especially important to have in school libraries.