A gorgeously illustrated introduction to poetry for children, featuring poems about everything from science, sports, and space, to friendship, family, and feelings.
This thoughtfully crafted anthology is perfect for children new to verse and for young poetry fans seeking out new favorites. Explore poetry from a diverse selection of contemporary and historical poets, covering a broad range of topics--from personal subjects like emotions and family, to the wonders of the natural environment. Carefully selected works encourage children to see the poetry in everything and to embrace the beauty of their everyday lives.
Poems are complemented by detailed illustrations, timelines, and interesting facts about the topics covered, ensuring that the poems are not just entertaining, but relevant, topical, and informative.
Prompts and activities inspire children to create their own poetry, and devices like rhyme, repetition, and alliteration are introduced and explained in a fun and accessible manner.
About the Author
Dr Sylvia Vardell teaches graduate courses in children's and young adult literature at Texas Woman's University. She has published ten books on literature and over 100 journal articles for teachers, librarians and parents. Her current work focuses on poetry for children, including her nationally recognized blog, PoetryforChildren. She currently chairs the ALA Children's Literature Legacy Award committee. She serves on the Executive Committee of the International Board on Books for Young People and co-edited their international journal of children's literature, Bookbird.
Sonny Ross is a freelance Illustrator based in the UK. He graduated from Birmingham City University in 2014 with a first class degree in illustration, and alongside children's books he creates editorial, conceptual, and lifestyle illustrations. Past clients have included The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Guardian.