May 2, 2013 — Caroline Kennedy isn't just an advocate for reading poetry. In her latest book, Poems to Learn by Heart, Kennedy stresses the importance of memorizing poetry and presents a collection of poems that she believes kids and adults alike should internalize.
May 25, 2012 — Not sure what to read this summer? NPR's Susan Stamberg asked three booksellers to share their top five picks for the books you shouldn't miss. They recommend tales of con artists, grade-school spies, refugees and ranchers — plus an exploration of why stories make us human.
Jun 3, 2010 — Maureen Corrigan has booked an armchair getaway this summer with four books that will send her traveling through time. From turn-of-the-last-century New York tenements, to the 1939 World's Fair, to literary romance on the shores of Lake Geneva, these books will take you to places even the most luxurious vacations can't go.
Apr 22, 2010 — Poetry Speaks Who I Am is a collection of poems intended not "for parents, for children, for classroom study or for required memorization," says editor Elise Paschen. It's for tweens and young teens, and includes poems about school, cars and the horror of shopping for your first bra.
Aug 19, 2006 — With memorable illustrations from painter Ted Harrison, the morbidly funny 1907 Robert Service poem about the fate of a Yukon gold prospector is resurrected as a children's story.
Dec 16, 2005 — The new collection of nearly 100 poems does what its title says — a CD included with the book features many of the 73 authors reading their work.
Dec 2, 2005 — With her gift book selections, NPR's Ketzel Levine will take you wandering through old maps and contemporary art galleries, courtside at the NBA, inside the minds of raucous high school kids, and into the embrace of poems.
Apr 4, 2005 — Academic turned cultural critic Camille Paglia argues that the way poetry is taught often strips the art form of its power and context. Her book, Break, Blow, Burn, aims to teach readers how to reconnect with the power and pleasures of poetry.
Dec 14, 2004 — Reviewer Alan Cheuse offers his annual recommendations for holiday gift-giving. This year's list includes novels of travel on Earth and in space, new versions of tales from the Bible, Africa and Mesopotamia, and collections of poetry and song.