Monday, April 02, 2007

International Children’s Book Day

This date, April 2, has been established as International Children’s Book Day to commemorate Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday and “to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books” around the world. For more information, check out the International Board on Books for Young People, the sponsoring organization. Share a poem to celebrate this event. Here’s one of my favorites from beyond our U.S. borders.

The Bridge
by Kaissar Afif
translated by Mansour Ajami

Poetry is a river
And solitude a bridge.

Through writing
We cross it,
Through reading

We return.

From The Space Between our Footsteps collected by Naomi Shihab Nye (Simon & Schuster, 1998)

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