[Poetry Friday] Celebrating Poetry with Kwame Alexander’s “Out of Wonder”

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Fats here.

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.

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Out of Wonder
Poems Celebrating Poets

Written by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wenthworth
Illustrated by Ekua Holmes
Published by Candlewick Press (2017)
ISBN-10: 076368094X
ISBN-13: 978-0763680947

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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Out of Wonder makes for a perfect birthday or holiday present! 

2 Comments on [Poetry Friday] Celebrating Poetry with Kwame Alexander’s “Out of Wonder”

  1. And perfect for our #metareading theme! 🙂

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