National Poetry Month

If you’re a teacher or librarian, I hope you’ll consider celebrating National Poetry Month with José Martí. I’ve made free bilingual poetry cards available for download in hopes that they will find their way into many children’s pockets this National Poetry Month. If you are thinking about using José Martí in the classroom this month, keep in mind these two National Poetry Month promotions:


Margarita Engle, Young People’s Poet Laureate, just recommended Martí’s Song for Freedom as her April Book Pick on the Poetry Foundation blog. She writes, “This is a book that will make Cuban-Americans weep, smile, and sigh, while making other Americans long to know more about Cuba.” This is just what I hoped to do through Martí’s Song for Freedom. Thank you for reading Margarita!

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  1. Chris Fowler says:

    At Maple Hill Middle School, the 8th graders in Mrs. Fowler’s and Mrs. Mosher’s English class had a great learning experience and poetry celebration reading Marti’s Song for Freedom on Poem in Your Pocket Day! Our Spanish teacher, Senora Racz, and student Kambel Hoffman read the Spanish portions, while professional storyteller, Mary Murphy, took turns with English portions. Students commented on the emotional aspects of Marti’s life and words.

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