The world needs a lot right now. And Sylvia Vardell knows just what to fill it with - poems!
Sylvia's beauftiful new anthology, A WORLD FULL OF POEMS - Inspiring Poetry for Children is JUST out from DK/Penguin Random House. I know what I'll be giving folks for the holidays....
With works by 110 poets, from classic to contemporary, there's something for every cup of tea in the following sections: Family and Friends, Feelings, Animals and Nature, cities, Towns, and Travel, Fun and Games, Science and Art, Body and Health, and A World of Learning.
British illustrator Sonny Ross brings the collection to life with a pastel-friendly palette, playful characters, and pops of bold color here and there (as seen on the cover). The bright yellow endpapers let you know you are in for some word-joy. And the large type and gracious negative space on each page make each poem inviting.
And because this is a book by Sylvia, an activity section at the end provides helpful tips and ideas to guide budding poets as they pen their own poems.
Our wee Rita says the best section is the one with animals. I was delighted to see one of my own childhood favorites included, "Eletelephony" by Laura Elizabeth Richards. I share that one in my author visits.
And here's another fun classic (sharing the double-page spread with Laura Purdie Salas's "Petting Zoo," in fact).
At the Zoo
by William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)
First I saw the white bear, then I saw the black;
Then I saw the camel with a hump upon his back;
Then I saw the grey wolf, with mutton in his maw;
Then I saw the wombat waddle in the straw;
Then I saw the elephant a-waving of his trunk;
Then I saw the monkeys - mercy, how unpleasantly they smelt!
I'm beyond thrilled to have a poem of mine included, "Sincerely," originally published in 2015 in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations by Pomelo Books (Syliva Vardell and Janet Wong), and making appearances in two other PFA books, HERE WE GO: A Poetry Friday Power Book (2017) and GREAT MORNING! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud (2018).
It's a special treat to have this poem in a DK book, as I've been a fan of Dorling Kindersley books forever, and always have several keeping spots warm on bookshelves or balancing in piles in various places.
Congratulations, Sylvia, on this wonderful, welcome, timely, and bright collection! I am enjoying revisiting favorite poems by poet friends, and favorite classics, and discovering inspiring new-to-me voices as well.
For more sneak peeks into this anthology, visit Sylvia's Poetry for Children blog and scroll down to posts in recent weeks. :0)
And for a Poetry Friday Roundup all the way from Switzerland (!), visit our lovely Bridget at Wee Words for Wee Ones.