Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets


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The 2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner

A Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Honoree’s New York Times best-selling ode to poets who have sparked a sense of wonder.

Out of gratitude for the poet’s art form, Newbery Award–winning author and poet Kwame Alexander, along with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, present original poems that pay homage to twenty famed poets who have made the authors’ hearts sing and their minds wonder. Stunning mixed-media images by Ekua Holmes, winner of a Caldecott Honor and a John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award, complete the celebration and invite the reader to listen, wonder, and perhaps even pick up a pen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763680947
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Pages: 56
Sales rank: 35,471
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: NP (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and author of twenty-one books for children and educators, including Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band, Surf’s Up, Booked, and a middle-grade novel in verse, The Crossover, which was awarded the 2015 Newbery Medal. He is currently the poet laureate of LitWorld, a K-6 literacy organization dedicated to supporting the development of literacy in the world's most vulnerable communities. He lives in Virginia.

Ekua Holmes is a fine artist whose work explores themes of family, relationships, hope, and faith. The first children’s book she illustrated is Carole Boston Weatherford’s Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, which was a Caldecott Honor Book and a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and for which she also won the John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award. Ekua Holmes lives in Boston.

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Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
philscorner More than 1 year ago
I first noticed this book on display at a Barnes And Noble store in Nanuet, NY. The display was celebrating Poetry Month, April! I browsed through it and knew I had to read and experience it. The poems are superb and accessible to just about all ages. And the artwork by Ekua Holmes is totally amazing! I wish it were longer! Maybe they will publish a volume two! If you like poetry and art the way I do, you will love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To say that this cover jumped out at me is an understatement! "Wonder" "Poems" "Celebrating" "Poets," "Kwame Alexander" and the fabulous art by Ekua Holmes immediately drew me in. This book contains poems by Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wentworth, who wrote in styles and voices of favorite poets or allusions to them. The poets celebrated include Naomi Shihab Nye, Basho, Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, Pablo Neruda, Maya Angelou, and several other favorite poets from a variety of time periods. This book shouts JOY! Aimed at young people, it has brief, excellent information about the celebrated poets in the back. Introducing each of the three sections (Got Style?, In Your Shoes, and Thank You), Alexander writes a bit about what poetry is and how poets write what they write. Alexander explains in his preface that the book's title comes from a quote by Lucille Clifton. "Poems come out of wonder, not out of knowing." The poems are brought to vibrant life with Holmes' colorful collages. If you need a reason to celebrate, this is it! The book's poems also offer ways for you to celebrate your favorite poets and write poetry of your own.