A World Full of Poems


A World Full of Poems: Inspiring Poetry for Children, edited by Sylvia Vardell, had a birthday this week, so I thought I would celebrate by sharing some of the many things I love about this book.

The Size–I love how big it is! It is a big, fat beautiful book with a shiny green ribbon and would make a perfect birthday present or holiday gift.

The Illustrations–I love the fun, colorful illustrations! I love the little guy reading on the title page. I love the diverse loving families. I love the black cat, the kite, and the eyes peeking out of dark holes.

The Size of the print–I love that the print is big and accessible to new readers, dyslexic readers, and readers with older eyes!

The Introduction–I love Sylvia’s welcoming introduction calling on readers to explore as they like and offering such a feast of poetry that every reader can find something they find compelling.

The Sections–I love the eight sections of the book–Family and Friends, Feelings, Animals and Nature, Cities, Towns, and Travel, Fun and Games, Science and Art, Body and Health, A World of Learning–all of them meaningful, engaging, and varied, ensuring again that everyone will find something of interest.

The Poetry Activities–At the end of the book, Sylvia has included activities to encourage readers to engage with the poems and move from reading poems to writing them. Sylvia shows readers how to make poetry part of their days and their lives.

The Poems, of course!–The book includes poems by more than 100 poets from different places, backgrounds, and times. I am honored to be one of them.

I look forward to reading the book from cover to cover and to sharing it whenever I can.

For more Poetry Friday visit Bridget Magee at Wee Words for Wee Ones.

Hoping you and yours are well.




12 replies
  1. Bridget Magee
    Bridget Magee says:

    Your list of things you love about this new book resonates with me, Liz – most especially, the size of the print for “readers with older eyes”. *ahem* Congrats on being among the many amazing poets included. : )

  2. Fran Haley
    Fran Haley says:

    This anthology WILL make a great gift – and your insights are so helpful, especially with regard to specifics like the large print benefits, the details on sections and games, and this line on the book intro: “Offering such a feast of poetry that every reader can find something they find compelling” – what greater invitation could there be? Sounds like a must-have, in my book!

  3. Alan Wright
    Alan Wright says:

    Liz, Sylvia’s book arrived Down Under this very day and I have been keenly checking it out. It is timely that you have written in detail in your post about the very same book. I cannot but agree with all your perceptive observations. Everything about this book makes it ‘reader friendly.’ It is indeed ‘a big, fat beautiful book.’ As my granddaughter grows, this will be a regular go-to book. Thank you for your considered review and congratulations on your contributions.

  4. Carol Varsalona
    Carol Varsalona says:

    Liz, congratulations that your poem appears in this wonderful book of poetry. How fortunate that another marvelous book for children and classrooms has entered the kidlit world. Thank you for your review and there are so many loves that you share with us. Have a great weekend.


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