A Tiny Tree in the mighty forest of the National Poetry Library!
"The library is an arena of possibility, opening both a window into the soul and a door onto the world"
- Rita Dove, U.S. Poet Laureate, 1993-95
Tiny Tree's first book of children's poems – The Poetical Institute’s Peculiar Powers of Vegetables and Fruits – written by Sharada Keats and illustrated by JiaJia Hamner, has been accepted into the largest public collection of modern poetry in the world! Yes, we mean to say that it’s now available in the children’s reference section of the UK’s wonderful National Poetry Library in London.
Published in May 2019, The Poetical Institute’s Peculiar Powers of Vegetables and Fruits is a fun-filled, fantastical collection aimed at kids 5+ who need new incentives to guzzle their recommended portions of fruit and veg.
Founded in 1953 and currently located in Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, the National Poetry Library is a fantastic source of inspiration and enlightenment. Free to visit and open six days a week, the library has long been a beacon for poets, writers and readers. It receives between two and three hundred new items every month – and whilst it’s unable to accept them all for its collection, we’re delighted that The Poetical Institute's Peculiar Powers of Vegetables and Fruits has made the cut!
For Sharada and JiaJia, debut author and illustrator, it means a lot to be included. “This book was a real labour of love for us both,” said Sharada, who penned Peculiar Powers in an effort to combine her love of poetry with her professional interests in food and nutrition. “Libraries are so vital, and the National Poetry Library is a real gem – we’re just super chuffed to be included,” she told Tiny Tree. JiaJia Hamner, who spent some two years perfecting the illustrations for Peculiar Powers said, “I hope the book finds new readers in its new home and entices kids to eat a more healthy diet! I’d love to browse the Poetry Library collection one day!” Though she lives in Washington State, she hopes to find the opportunity to visit us here in the UK soon.
Next time you’re wandering down London’s South Bank, pop into the National Poetry Library and take a look! We hope you discover some new reasons to eat your fruit and veg.
You can also purchase a copy of the book directly from Tiny Tree here.