Hey, guess what! My most recent writing project for Capstone Press is a guide to writing poetry, aimed at 4th-8th graders.
And it covers ALL sorts of poetic forms and moods. (The title is rather a long story.)
And in addition to a few classics, it features poems generously, graciously donated by many poets you might know, like Kate Coombs, David L. Harrison, Kelly Ramsdell Fineman, Diane Mayr, J. Patrick Lewis, JoAnn Early Macken, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Matt Forrest Esenwine, Susan J. Blackaby, and Marilyn Singer. And several other fabulous poets warm-heartedly offered up poems, but they ended up not fitting into the very specific parameters of the content–it was painful to see those poems not get used. Thank you to everyone who shared your work to help illustrate the breathtaking scope of contemporary children’s poetry!
And it’s available now. Wheee!
Other poetry-writing books I’ve written for Capstone: