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

More Poems (and drawings!) from our Readers

National Poetry Month is coming to an end, and so has our Poetry Challenge. It has been fun and inspiring to see the creativity of young poets this month. We hope that you and your kiddos will continue to read and write poetry well beyond the end of April. Thank you to everyone who joined in and shared poems with us. You have made this month extra special! 

 Some fantastic shape poems!

This one rhymes!

By Hadley, age 10

By Easton, age 8

The following poems and drawings are by a young girl named Ernestine:

Did you miss any of the challenge? Here are links to all our Poetry Month posts! If you and your kiddos write any more poems inspired by this challenge, we'd love to see them!