ACHUKA Book of the Day 16 Nov 2020
The American anthologist (and poetry blogger) of this new collection from DK writes: “It was such a privilege to have this project come my way at the beginning of the year and once the pandemic hit in March, it became such a therapeutic outlet. I read and read and read and pored over piles and piles of poetry books—and probably recommended five times as many poems as they were finally able to include in this anthology. Then I learned a TON working through the permission process—wishing we could afford to include a poem by Langston Hughes or Pablo Neruda, for example, but not able to afford them within the DK budget. But I learned HOW to get permission! And I lobbied hard for diverse voices and was fairly successful, although I would have loved to include even more. And it was fascinating to work with people in the London office and alert them to some of our new U.S. poets and also be educated about some of their most distinguished voices in the U.K.”
The poems are gathered together in eight major sections:
- Family and Friends
- Animals and Nature
- Cities, Towns, and Travel
- Fun and Games
- Science and Art
- Body and Health
- A World of Learning
and closes with a variety of poetry activities for children and families.
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