A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Advice on finding and nurturing creativity.
Inspiring advice encourages different ways of thinking about and writing poetry.
Positive Role Models
Kids are pictured listening, exploring, observing, and seemingly opening themselves up to creative imagination and feelings. One kids holds a pencil, modeling being ready to write.
Children of many different backgrounds and skin tones are writing and exploring.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that How to Write a Poem, by Kwame Alexander and Deanna Nikaido, is an inspiring invitation to create that can help even intimidated poets write from the heart. The illustrations by Caldecott honoree Melissa Sweet look a bit like multimedia collages, with many seemingly mismatched pieces coming together to make eye-catching scenes on every page. The book focuses on the feel and rhythm of language and reminds readers that words can be fun -- and uses everyday moments to offer great writing prompts for all ages.
Is It Any Good?
Inspiring new or reluctant poets, this fun, whimsical but serious approach to poetry uses small, common moments to prompt unique thoughts and feelings. How to Write a Poem has a delightful rhythm and encourages readers to listen to the sounds around them. It also pulls readers to listen to the quiet in their minds until the ideas become clear. This is a great book for anyone looking to find a creative boost, anyone stuck on how to start writing, and people who appreciate the playfulness and sounds of language.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.