Celebrate International Peace Month with YPPL Naomi Shihab Nye

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I was pretty excited when I heard Naomi Shibab Nye had been selected to serve as Young People's Poet Laureate. And I can't think of a better way to celebrate International Peace Month than with some of her poetry! So, I'd like to direct you to a recent Poetry Friday Roundup that had poets sharing all things Naomi... spend some time digging into these posts, and I guarantee you'll feel better about the world.

Some quotes I recorded in my notebook:

"Poetry allows us to cherish what we've been given." -  Naomi Shihab Nye

"Poetry opens us to life, to surprise, to shadow, to beauty, to insight." -  Naomi Shihab Nye

"There's no place that poetry doesn't live." -  Naomi Shihab Nye

Go forth and find a poem today!
Irene Latham lives on a lake in rural Alabama. Winner of the 2016 ILA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award, she is the author of hundreds of poems and nearly twenty current and forthcoming poetry, fiction and picture books from publishers including Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Lerner, Boyds Mills, and Charlesbridge. Her books have been recognized on state lists and honored by NEA, ALA, NCTE, SIBA, Bank Street College and other organizations.


  1. Just read her bio at Poetry Foundation that you linked to. Love this quote: "“I have always loved the gaps, the spaces between things, as much as the things. I love staring, pondering, mulling, puttering. I love the times when someone or something is late—there’s that rich possibility of noticing more, in the meantime … Poetry calls us to pause. There is so much we overlook, while the abundance around us continues to shimmer, on its own.”

  2. Wow: "Poetry allows us to cherish what we've been given."


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