2021 Gift of Reading Poetry Contest

Create a short poem (250 words or less) about what books, poetry, arts, or music mean to you.  How do they help you cope with things that go on? What do they add to your life? How are they important? How do they make you feel?

Winners will be chosen in each of the following grade level groups:
2nd-5th grade
6th-8th grade
9th-12th grade

Selected poems will be published in Morgan Hill Life and featured at BookSmart.

Submit entries by 11/30/21. Submit your printed or hand written essay to BookSmart (421 Vineyard Town Center, Mon-Sat
9am-7pm, Sun 9am-5pm) or by email to [email protected].  Please include your name, phone number, and email address>. Student entries should also include parents’ names, school, and grade level.


About the Gift of Reading:
For well over a decade, the Gift of Reading has been a local holiday tradition, providing the gift of books to needy and underserved children in the Bay Area. BookSmart Community Advantage, the non-profit foundation associated with local bookstore BookSmart, is once again partnering with other local organizations to sponsor this year’s drive to provide books in the Morgan Hill and San Martin area. The organizations are collecting new and like-new books for elementary-age children (grades K to 6) at collection points at BookSmart (421 Vineyard Town Center), the Morgan Hill Library (660 West Main Ave.), and other locations around town. Look for the cheerfully wrapped bins. The collection deadline is Friday, Dec. 6. The donated books will go to underserved children, and to help teachers build classroom libraries for the children they teach — increasing the student’s chances at long-term academic success. In some families these books may be the only holiday gift a child will receive. As part of this program, BookSmart is offering a 20% discount on books purchased for Gift of Reading. Cash donations are also welcome. Volunteers are also needed to transport books and to sort them by age groups and condition.

About BookSmart Community Advantage (BCA):
The mission of BookSmart Community Advantage is to foster literacy and community through reading, writing, art and educational programs. BCA was formed in January 2017. It is part of the Morgan Hill Community Foundation and is closely aligned with BookSmart which has been operating in Morgan Hill for over 20 years.