Friday, April 7, 2017

Out of Wonder #PoetryFriday

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets (2017) by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wentworth and illustrated by Ekua Holmes. (An advanced review copy of the book was provided by Candlewick. All thoughts are my own.)

I am SO excited to add this incredible new poetry book to my classroom library! The day it arrived I incorporated into my Poetry Friday lesson for that day. (We were just finishing reading House on Mango Street, so I shared "The Poet Inside Me: celebrating Sandra Cisneros.")


The book is organized into three sections: Got Style, which includes poems written in the style of a famous poet; In Your Shoes, which includes poems celebrating the lives of famous poets; and Thank You, which includes poems dedicated to the works and impacts of famous poets. (This is the section with the Sandra Cisneros poem.)

There is an amazing diversity of poets and poetry included too, from contemporary poets like Naomi Shihab Nye and Nikki Giovanni to older and even ancient poets like Robert Frost, Basho, and Rumi. These poems would make wonderful mentor texts to inspire your own (or your students' poetry) after an author study of a particular poet or poetry style. The three sections also give you three different options for response: stylistically, biographically, or thankfully.

This is an amazing resource that should be in every school and public library!

Irene Latham has the rest of the Poetry Friday roundup at Live Your Poem.


  1. What a beautiful tribute, that poem is. This sounds like a rich and inspiring book - one to savour.

  2. Great book! So excited to see how it's being used in the classroom.


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