30 Poems in 30 Days: April 2

Monday, April 2, 2012

April 2 is International Children's Book Day, in honor of the Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Anderson's birthday. Celebrate International Children's Book Day with today's poem: Instructions by modern fantasy writer Neil Gaiman.
Touch the wooden gate in the wall you never
saw before.
Say "please" before you open the latch,
go through,
walk down the path.

Read the whole poem here

Stop by the library and and pick up these Neil Gaiman poems turned into Picture Books:

Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean
It's an ode to wacky hair! In a series of increasingly ridiculous rhymes, the crazily coiffed narrator tells of all the things that can be found in the hair upon his head.
Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Charles Vess
Written for his friend musician Tori Amos, Blueberry Girl imagines a much-loved baby who grows into a blessed young woman.  Beautiful illustrations!

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