Poetry Prompts: All sorts of ways to start a poem from Joseph Coelho

Wide Eyed Eds. Oct. 2023. 64p. Tr $22.99. ISBN 9780711285125.
Gr 2-4–The ideas of Joseph Coelho, Waterstones Children’s Laureate, invite young and old to become poets. Rollicking, bouncy, and rhythmic poems work together to open wide children’s imaginations and unlock the fear of writing poetry. With unforgettable images, this book invites readers to dream in words that become exuberant, busy, and colorful, while appearing to pour straight from the pages into a young writer’s mind and pencil. Helpful resources present a plethora of poems, including but not limited to haikus, blackout, renga, and heart. The magic continues as clever wordplay on each page displays an extra writing challenge: a “Poetry Power-Up,” where children are asked, “What poetic worlds will you discover?” The illustrations are winsome, brightly colored digital drawings from four different illustrators that artfully fill each page. An appealing and fun read-aloud book most suitable for educators tempting energetic children to start writing.
VERDICT An ideal big book of ebullient resources sure to promote confidence while young imaginations run wild discovering the art of writing poetry.

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