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Librarian of Congress Appoints Philip Levine Poet Laureate

Philip Levine will be the next Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Levine is the author of 20 collections of poems and has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.

The Poet Laureate is selected for a one-year term by the Librarian of Congress and the position has been around since 1936. In recent years, Poet Laureates have started projects to broaden the audience for poetry. Billy Collins created Poetry180 to bring one poem per day into high school classrooms and Robert Pinsky created the Favorite Poem Project to encourage people to read and discuss poetry.

Learn more about Philip Levine and the Poet Laureate position.

Happy Read Across America Day

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Read Across America Day, calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

The research is clear: children who are read to, and who read for pleasure, are more successful in school. Reading is a wonderful way to spend fun time with any child, and learning to read gives a child the gift of lifetime learning.

So get in touch with your favorite children’s books of the past, and discover some new treasures with a child. You might want to follow Dr. Seuss’s advice: grab your moss-covered, three-handled family gredunza and read about the tweetle beetle bottle puddle paddle battle muddle. Read to a kid today.