I am very excited to share this beautiful poetry collection for young readers! Award-winning author and poet Kwame Alexander teams up with elementary-school teacher, Chris Colderley, and South Carolina Poet Laureate, Marjory Wentworth, to create Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets. They are joined by the talented Ekua Holmes, a fine artist who received the Coretta Scott King John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award (whew!) and a Society of Illustrators Original Art Silver Medal.
Out of Wonder
Poems Celebrating Poets
Written by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wenthworth
Illustrated by Ekua Holmes
Published by Candlewick Press (2017)
In the Preface, Kwame Alexander describes the power of poetry.
“A poem is a small but powerful thing. It has the power to reach inside of you, to ignite something in you, and to change you in ways you never imagined. There is a feeling of connection and communion—with the author and the subject—when we read a poem that articulates our deepest feelings.”
Kwame explains that the book was inspired by Lucille Clifton’s quote: “Poems come out of wonder, not out of knowing.” In creating Out of Wonder, Kwame hopes that readers would use it as a tool to wonder, to encourage them to write, to become familiar with the poets being celebrated in the book, and to discover more poetry.
I am familiar with and love the works of many of the poets mentioned in the book. I am sharing one of my favorites (of course!), and I hope that it would inspire you to write your own poem celebrating your favorite poet!
Poetry Friday round-up is hosted this week by the wonderful Laura Purdie Salas at Writing the World for Kids.