National Poetry Month Book Buzz: Poems that bind us together

“By making us stop for a moment, poetry gives us an opportunity to think about ourselves as human beings on this planet and what we mean to each other.” – Rita Dove

This month, we have taken a tour of Brain Hive’s National Poetry Month theme sets by looking at them through the lenses of various poets’ explanations of what poetry is and can be. We have seen a wide spectrum of roles that poetry can perform, and I do believe it’s fair to say that we have merely scratched the surface of all that poetry can be for those who read it, write it, and share it.

This week, we’re taking a cue from poet and scholar Rita Dove, whose above quote reminds us that poetry prompts us to think of ourselves in relation to others around us. It builds connections and camaraderie. It celebrates the things we have in common, while simultaneously bringing attention to the interesting things that make us different from one another. So today, we’re going to be looking at two eBooks in our Poetry Month theme sets that celebrate the some of the things that bring us together: family, friendship, community, music, and hope for the future.

The Hero in You Revolutionary Petunias

From our K-5 National Poetry Month theme set, we’ve selected The Hero in You, by Ellis Paul, illustrated by Angela Padron (Albert Whitman & Co.). This collection of biographical poems introduces young readers to cultural figures who have had a profound impact on society – individuals like Woody Guthrie, Jackie Robinson, Rachel Carson, and Rosa Parks – by highlighting how their social, artistic, or scientific contributions have played roles in making life better for everyone.

In our 6-12 National Poetry Month theme set, take a look at Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems, by Alice Walker (Open Road Integrated Media). This volume of poetry from Alice Walker, celebrated author and poet, is a reflective, personal collection of verse that covers wide emotional territory. Walker recalls quiet moments from her childhood with the same emotional depth as she writes of her passionate participation in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. These poems celebrate love and personal relationships as the forces that not only sustain us, but that make us better people overall.

We hope that the poetry eBooks you found in Brain Hive’s National Poetry Month theme sets helped to supplement your school’s celebration of poetry throughout April, and that the conversations you have been having with your students this month will continue throughout your school. Happy reading, and keep in touch with us via email at or by phone at 855-554-4483.

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