Young People's Poet Laureate

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What is a Young People’s Poet Laureate?

Awarded by the Poetry Foundation for a two-year tenure, the young people’s poet laureate aims to raise awareness that young people have a natural receptivity to poetry and are its most appreciative audience, especially when poems are written specifically for them.

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  • Book Pick
    By Nikki Grimes
    Simon and Schuster (2012)

    As we say goodbye to the president that inspired so much hope in this country and in the world, I wanted to choose a book that helped young people know Obama’s story. Nikki Grimes is one of my favorite poets and Bryan Collier is a talented and amazing illustrator. Together they have created a lovely book for all ages.

  • Poem Pick

    And in keeping with the theme of hope, here is a poem on the subject by Emily Dickinson.

  • poem

    “Hope” is the thing with feathers -
    That perches in the soul -
    And sings the tune without the words -
    And never stops - at all -

    And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
    And sore must be the storm -

    By Emily Dickinson
  • Featured Video

    The First Lady honored the 2015 class of the National Student Poets Program (NSPP), the nation’s highest honor for youth poets. This award celebrates the exceptional creativity, dedication to craft, and promise of this generation of leaders.

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