Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander


This collection of poems celebrating poets, Out of Wonder compiled together by New York Times Bestselling author, speaker, and educator Kwame Alexander. Writing a few of my favorite books: SOLO, REBOUND, and THE CROSSOVER. Here he shares with us 20 of his favorite poets that have inspired him with both their words and their lives. He says, "reading other poets we can discover our own wonder."
Poetry is serious, playful, all encomping, specific, divine, incomprehensible, profane. - Wynton Marsalis
Kwame Alexander says in the book preface, "A poem is a small but powerful thing. It has the power to reach inside of you, to ignite something in you, and to change you in ways you never imagined. There is a feeling of connection and communion with the author and the subject when we read a poem that articulates our deepest feelings, That can inspire us in our classrooms and in our homes to write our own journeys, to find our own voices."

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The book is organized in three parts: Got Style?, In Your Shoes, and Thank You. It concludes with a section, About the Poets. Each poem shared includes a beautiful picture, illustrated by Ekua Holmes which assists the readers in the mood and meaning of what the poet is trying to say.

Image: Shelf Awareness
I am thrilled to be sharing this picture book with you through my #BookaDay reading! I am in hopes that you like it as much as me and would share these poems and many others with your students. Alexander states that he experienced a long draught of poem-less school years as a student and hopes that this collection will motivate teachers in providing more poetry in their classrooms. Use them as "stepping-stones to wonder"..


I read this book as a part of my #BookaDay Reading Challenge, inspired by Donalyn Miller. My goal is to read at least one children's literature book everyday and share my thoughts here on my blog. Please feel free to subscribe or connect with me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time ...

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