Published by Candlewick
Summary: If you’ve read Kwame Alexander’s Booked or The Crossover, it will come as no surprise that both of his parents loved words and books. He writes in his preface of being raised on a steady diet of poetry, and he pays homage to his favorite poets in this book. The 20 poems, written by Alexander and fellow poets Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth celebrate poets and their poetry from Emily Dickinson to Langston Hughes to Rumi. The last six pages give quite a bit of additional information about each poet. 56 pages; grades 3-7.
Pros: A wonderfully diverse collection of writers and poems, brought to life with color collages by Caldecott honoree Ekua Holmes. The second paragraph of Kwame Alexander’s preface would make a perfect introduction to a study of poetry, and the entire book could be used as a curriculum guide to introduce students to 20 different poets.
Cons: Readers unfamiliar with the poets and their works may not appreciate these poems on their own.