Read, Discuss, and Do with MARI IN THE MARGINS

By Marci Whitehurst The best books make readers feel like they aren’t alone. They’re seen. Understood. Our very own  Rebecca J. Gomez  accomplishes this flawlessly in Mari in the Margins , her new middle grade novel in verse, published by Bandersnatch Books. It releases May 14 th !  Here’s a snippet about the novel, which you’ll surely want to READ:   For Marivel JimĂ©nez, life in her big family is full of chaos. Feeling overlooked by her parents and overshadowed by her siblings is frustrating, and it's even worse to have the constant attention of her annoying, mischievous three-year-old sister, Susana.  Caught between her need to be noticed and her dream of having time to herself, Marivel pours herself into poetry and, eventually, art journaling. When she hears of a school-wide poetry contest, she sees winning as a chance to escape the margins of her family and finally be seen. Doesn’t that sound amazing? That’s because it is. I was honored to read the book ahead of its release—and

Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day, so to wrap up the celebration of poetry we've been having all month long, the team here at Read, Discuss, Do! decided to take some poems out of our virtual pockets to share with you! 

From Rebecca:

This is a limerick inspired by the book Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess.

Sam I Am

by Rebecca J. Gomez

There once was a fellow named Sam

who loved to eat green eggs and ham.

All day and all night

he said, "Please take a bite!"

But I told him, "No way, Sam I Am!"

From Laura:

Spring Tea

by Laura Sassi

Look what I spotted while walking today:

Colorful proof spring is now on its way.

Crouched on my knees, with my camera in focus

I captured this bee sipping lunch from a crocus.

From Mindy:

A poem from the book Pocket Poems, selected by Bobbi Katz and illustrated by Marilyn Hafner.

From Did You Ever Think

by Bobbi Katz

No one has a fingerprint

    just like you.

No one smells exactly

    the way that you do! 

There are "look-alikes" and people

    with the very same name.

But no two people are

    exactly the same!

From Trine:

"Miss Boye was my childhood librarian. I discovered and purchased her book of poems written 1936-1956."

From Poems by Inger Boye, Children's Librarian, circa 1936

A garden full of flowers,

Tiny little sprouts,

Promising buds

Closed and half-opened,

Flowers of all colors,

Of all shades,

Of all forms; 

Fragrant and lovely,

Dirt that is rich,

Dirt that is poor.

That is the field

In a children's library.

The Gardener - 

A children's librarian...

...A work of love.

From Tina: 

A poem that her kindergarten students enjoy.


by Shel Silverstein

I have a Band-Aid on my finger,

One on my knee, and one on my nose,

One on my heel, and two on my shoulder,

Three on my elbow, and nine on my toes.

Two on my wrist, and one on my ankle,

One on my chin, and one on my thigh,

Four on my belly, and five on my bottom,

One on my forehead, and one on my eye.

One on my neck, and in case I might need 'em

I have a box full of thirty-five more.

But oh! I do think it's sort of a pity

I don't have a cut or a sore!

Do you have a poem in your "pocket" today? We'd love to read it!