In May 2017, the Poetry Foundation named Margarita Engle the Poet Laureate for Young People. Ms. Engle was recognized for a career devoted to writing exceptional poetry for young readers. During her two year term, she will promote poetry to children, their families, teachers and caregivers. She is particularly interested in sharing poems with themes of peace. ". . . I think of peace and peace of mind as timid birds we have to search for, not bold ones that come looking for us."
Here are a few of Ms. Engle's recent and recommended titles:
All the Way to Havana with illustrations by Mike Curato
Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics with illustrations by Rafael Lopez. Also available in Spanish.
Dream Drum Girl with illustrations by Rafael Lopez.
Lion Island: Cuba's Warrior of Words