Thursday, January 18, 2018

BOOK LINKS: Going Global with Poetry

If you're a BOOK LINKS reader, check out the January, 2018 issue with a focus on diversity. My article, "Going Global with Poetry" (p. 25-28) features a look at international poetry for young people. Here are a few excerpts.

In this evolving digital world, it is getting easier to have access to literature for young people from around the globe. What a great opportunity to share stories and poems created for children in countries outside the United States. In this way, we can help grow the next generation of readers, thinkers, and leaders with a worldview that might have a more inclusive and compassionate perspective. Poetry in particular is a concise and powerful package that can cross borders and boundaries in various ways, in print, web, audio, video, and even game and gift formats. By and large, we're looking for poetry in English, whether from English-speaking countries around the world or translated into English. That’s a good place to start. However, there are also resources for finding children’s literature in many languages, but that will have to be a future article. Where can we find quality poetry for young people from around the world in print and online? Let’s take a look. 

Global Literature in Libraries (GLLI)
Rachel Hildebrandt initiated a new blog with an exclusive focus on international literature and books in translation called the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative ( Its focus is “to raise the visibility of world literature for adults and children at the local, national and international levels.”  Its outreach is to translators, librarians, publishers, editors, and educators, in order to encourage crossover connections and collaboration. The blog includes helpful book lists, lists of publishers, a list of international literature journals, and links to 15 other blogs that focus on international literature. 

Global Reading
Another excellent blog with an even more specific focus on international literature for children is Global Reading (  maintained by Robin Gibson. She offers programming ideas and lists of international books for storytimes, such as the poetic picture books New Clothes For New Year's Day (Kane-Miller Books) by Korean author-illustrator Hyun-Joo Bae and In the Meadow (Enchanted Lion Books), set in Japan, written by Yukiko Kato, illustrated by Komako Sakai, and translated by Yuki Kaneko.

World Kit Lit
Translator Avery Fischer Udagawa puts together a tremendous annotated list of 100 Translated Children’s Books from Around the Year in celebration of World Kid Lit Month in September on the blog, World Literature for Kids (

World of Words (WoW)
At the World of Words center in Arizona and on the web (, you can find a searchable database of book reviews of many poetry selections, such as Salsa: Un poema para cocinar/ A Cooking Poem (Groundwood) by Jorge Argueta, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh and Elisa Amado, among many others. This site also provides “Language and Culture Kits” with annotated lists of books from countries and cultures whose primary languages are Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish.

International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL)
I’ve written before about the amazing International Children’s Digital Library
( which aspires to “build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.” These are the full-texts of more than 4600 books published in 59 languages. A quick search for books of poems reveals more than 600 books of poetry and nursery rhymes in English, Russian, Mongolian, Serbian, Hebrew, Spanish, Persian/Farsi, Yiddish, Finnish, Swedish, Arabic, Hungarian, Croatian, Dutch, Danish, German, French, and Polish.

Young Poets Network
For a British perspective (but open to all), check out the Young Poets Network ( for opportunities for young people to submit their own original poetry including through multiple competitions, as well as “advice and guidance from the rising and established stars of the poetry scene.” 

Children’s Poetry Archive
The Children’s Poetry Archive ( web resource is a repository of recordings of poems read by the poets themselves, primarily by British poets (many of whom have books published and distributed in the U.S. such as Allan Ahlberg, Michael Rosen, Tony Mitton, and more). 

Australian Children’s Poetry
If you want to explore the world of Australian Children’s Poetry (, you can do no better than this site which features links to more than 50 Australian poets who write for young people, many of whom also publish in the U.S. like Sally Murphy, Kathryn Apel, and Steven Herrick. In addition, this comprehensive website includes articles and reviews, competitions, interviews, and lots of links. The “Poem of the Day” feature is fresh and new every day and instantly share-able, similar to the Poetry Minute in the U.S. (

International Book Awards
When it comes to seeking international children’s poetry books in print, it can be a bit more challenging. So few poetry books from other countries are translated and/or published in the U.S., compared with the output of U.S. authors and poets. Plus, the challenge of translating poetry from another language into English while maintaining both the music and the meaning of the original text is quite challenging. Still, it can be interesting to share poetry by writers outside the U.S. with the children we serve. We can look for books by recipients of the Hans Christian Andersen award ( given to an author from any country in the world for her or his body of work. Several writers of poetry have received this prestigious award including Maria Teresa Andruetto (Argentina), Michio Mado  (Japan), Annie M. G. Schmidt  (Netherlands), Cecil Bødker  (Denmark), James Krüss (Germany), and Eleanor Farjeon  (UK). 

Lists of Outstanding International Books
There are also several helpful and searchable lists of recommended books that depict countries and cultures around the world. The Outstanding International Books (OIB) list ( established by the United States Board on Books for Young People is published every year and focuses on books published or distributed in the United States that originated or were first published in a country other than the U.S. This list typically includes several books of poetry. In the most recent 2017 list, for example, these poetry books were highlighted: The White Cat and the Monk: A Retelling of the Poem “Pangur Ban” (Groundwood) by Jo Ellen Bogart, illustrated by Sydney Smith, Somos Como Las Nubes/We Are Like the Clouds (Groundwood) by Jorge Argueta, illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, translated by Elisa Amado, and Night Guard (Eerdmans) by Synne Lea, illustrated by Stian Hole, translated by John Irons. 
The International Literacy Association also creates an annual list of outstanding international books published in the U.S. for “enhancing student understanding of people and cultures throughout the world.” That list, the Notable Books for a Global Society (, also regularly includes books of poetry and novels in verse.

Like so many things, once you start looking for international literature and poetry in particular, you can find it in many places. For example, the popular Pinterest site is a gathering place for many visual teaching tools, including poetry resources. SoundCloud hosts audiofiles of all kinds of poetry by all kinds of poets all around the world.... If you’re looking to introduce students to literature from around the world, poetry is a great place to start. As the award-winning Slovene poet Boris Novak observed, “Childhood is the poetry of life. Poetry is the childhood of the world.” 

Now head on over to A Journey Through the Pages where Kay is hosting our Poetry Friday gathering. See you there!

Friday, January 05, 2018

Sneak Peek list for 2018

It's time again to gather a list of all the poetry for young people that is set to be published in 2018. So much to look forward to! As always, the list is a living list and I'll be making additions and revisions all year long. In fact, I usually begin with about 30 titles that I know are coming, but by the end of the year have about 100 titles on the list! Thus, you'll find a link to this sneak peek list for easy reference in the sidebar of this blog to check at any time. Also, I welcome all input on poetry books you know about that might be missing from this list. (Use the comments link below.)  I've included all the poetry picture books and novels in verse that I have heard about thus far. I have not read all these (yet) or even seen them all, so there may be one or two that are NOT entirely poetry and I'll remove them if I find that to be true. I don't usually include poetic picture books, as much as I enjoy them. But there are plenty of new novels in verse-- many by new poets-- and lovely picture book collections and anthologies to enjoy. So, let's get rolling!

Sneak Peek List of Poetry for Young People 2018
  1. Acevedo, Elizabeth. 2018. The Poet X. New York: HarperCollins. 
  2. Agard, John. 2018. Come All You Little Persons. London: Faber & Faber.
  3. Alexander, Kwame. 2018. Rebound. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 
  4. Alexander, Kwame and Hess, Mary Rand. 2018. Swing. New York: HarperCollins/Blink. 
  5. Apel, Kathryn. 2019. Bully on the Bus. Tulsa, OK: Kane Miller.
  6. Bagert, Brod. 2018. Maybe You: Poems & Plays; Science as Inquiry. San Antonio, TX: Living Road Press.
  7. Bagert, Brod. 2018. Perfect Children. Ill. by Mike Artell. New Orleans, LA: Juliahouse Publishing.  
  8. Bauer, Marion Dane. 2018. The Stuff of Stars. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  9. Bowles, David. 2018. They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid's Poems. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.
  10. Boyce, Jo Ann Allen and Levy, Debbie. 2018. This Promise of Change: One Girl's Story in the Fight for School Equality. New York: Harper.
  11. Brown, Calef. 2018. The Ghostly Carousel: Delightfully Frightful Poems. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook.
  12. Browne, Mahogany. 2018. Black Girl Magic: A Poem. Ill. by Jess X. Snow. New York: Roaring Brook Press. 
  13. Bulion, Leslie. 2018. Leaf Litter Critters. Ill. by Robert Meganck. Atlanta: Peachtree.  
  14. Carter, James. 2018. Once Upon a Star. Ill. by Mar Hernandez. New York: Random House/Doubleday.
  15. Clark-Robinson, Monica. 2018. Let the Children March. Ill. by Frank Morrison. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 
  16. Cline-Ransome, Lesa. 2018. Finding Langston. New York: Holiday House.
  17. Coombs, Kate. 2018. Monster School. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle.
  18. Copus, Julia. 2018. My Bed Is An Air Balloon. London: Faber & Faber. 
  19. Crossan, Sarah. 2018. Moonrise. New York: Bloomsbury.
  20. de la Peña, Matt. 2018. Love. Ill. by Loren Long. Putnam. 
  21. de la Mare, Walter. 2018. Snow. Ill. by Carolina Rabei. London: Faber & Faber.
  22. del Rosario, Juleah. 2018. 500 Words or Less. New York: Simon Pulse. 
  23. Donegan, Patricia. 2018. Write Your Own Haiku for Kids: Write Poetry in the Japanese Tradition. Tuttle Publishing.     
  24. Donovan, Sarah J. Alone Together: A Novel. Seela Books.
  25. Dotlich, Rebecca Kai. 2018. You and Me. Ill. by Susan Reagan. Mankato, MN: The Creative Company. 
  26. Duncan, Alice Faye. 2018. A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks. Ill. by Xia Gordon. New York: Sterling. 
  27. Elliott, David. In the Past: From Trilobites to Dinosaurs to Mammoths in More Than 500 Million Years. Ill. by Matthew Trueman. Somerville, MA: Candlewick. 
  28. Engle, Margarita. 2018. The Flying Girl. Ill. by Sara Palacios. New York: Atheneum.
  29. Engle, Margarita. 2018. Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots. Ill. by Rudy Gutierrez. New York: Atheneum. 
  30. Engle, Margarita and Karanjit, Amish and Karanjit, Nicole. 2018. A Dog Named Haku: A Holiday Story from Nepal. Ill. by Ruth Jeyaveeran. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner.  
  31. Erdrich, Heid E. 2018. New Poets of Native Nations. Graywolf Press.
  32. Farrey-Latz, Benjamin. 2018. I Can Learn Social Skills! Poems About Getting Along, Being a Good Friend, and Growing Up. Minneapolis: Free Spirit. 
  33. Florian, Douglas. 2018. Friends and Foes: Poems About Us All. New York: Beach Lane Books.
  34. Giardino, Alex. 2018. Ode to an Onion. Ill. by Felicita Sala. Cameron Kids. 
  35. Giovanni, Nikki. 2018. I Am Loved. Ill. by Ashley Bryan. New York: Atheneum. 
  36. Green Shari. 2018. Missing Mike.  Pajama Press. 
  37. Grimes, Nikki. 2018. Between the Lines. New York: Nancy Paulsen Books.
  38. Groban, Betsy. (Ed.) 2018. Totally Middle School. New York: Delacorte Press.
  39. Harrison, David L. 2018. Crawly School for Bugs. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press.  
  40. Harrison, David L. 2018. A Place to Start a Family: Poems About Creatures That Build. Ill. by Giles Laroche. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
  41. Heidbreder, Robert. 2018. Rooster Summer. Ill. by Madeline Kloepper. Toronto: Groundwood.
  42. Herrera, Juan Felipe. 2018. Imagine. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  43. Herrera, Juan Felipe. 2018. Jabberwalking. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  44. Hesterman, Katie. 2018. March: A Round of Robins. Ill. by Sergio Russier. New York: Nancy Paulsen Books.
  45. Holmer, Anders. 2018. Rain. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.   
  46. Holt, K.A. 2018. Knockout. San Francisco: Chronicle. 
  47. Hood, Susan. 2018. Lifeboat 12. New York. Simon & Schuster. 
  48. Hood, Susan. 2018. Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World. New York: HarperCollins.
  49. Hopkins, Ellen. 2018. People Kill People. New York: Simon & Schuster/McElderry.
  50. Hopkins, Lee Bennett (Ed.). 2018. School People. Ill. by Ellen Shi. Honesdale, PA: Noyds Mills Press. 
  51. Hopkins, Lee Bennett. (Ed.) 2018. A Bunch of Punctuation. Ill. by Serge Bloch. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press/Wordsong.
  52. Hopkins, Lee Bennett. (Ed.) 2018. I Remember: Poems and Pictures of Heritage. New York: Lee & Low.
  53. Hopkins, Lee Bennett. (Ed.) 2018. World Make Way: New Poems Inspired by Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Abrams. 
  54. Hudson, Wade and Hudson, Cheryl Willis. Eds. 2018. We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices. New York: Crown. 
  55. Jensen, Cordelia. 2018. Every Shiny Thing. New York: Abrams. 
  56. Jensen, Cordelia. 2018. The Way Light Bends. New York: Philomel. 
  57. Jensen, Kelly. 2018. (Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health. New York: Algonquin.
  58. Johnson, Maureen. (Ed.) 2018. How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation. Wednesday Books.
  59. Judge, Lita. 2018.  Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein. New York: Roaring Brook Press.
  60. Jules, Jacqueline. 2018. Light the Menorah!: A Hanukkah Handbook. Ill. by Kristina Swarner. Kar-Ben. 
  61. Kaufman, Caroline. 2018. Light Filters In: Poems. Ill. by Yelena Bryksenkova. New York: HarperCollins. 
  62. Konola, Hanna. 2018. A Year with the Wind. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith.
  63. Kirk, Daniel. 2018. Prayer for the Animals. New York: Abrams.
  64. Lambert, Mary. 2018. Shame is an Ocean I Swim Across. New York: Feiwel & Friends. 
  65. Latham, Irene and Waters, Charles. 2018. Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes and Friendship. Ill. by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko. Carolrhoda/Lerner.
  66. Lewis, J. Patrick. 2018. Phrases of the Moon. Ill. by Jori van der Linde. Mankato, MN: The Creative Company. 
  67. Lewis, J. Patrick. (Ed.) 2018. The Poetry of Us: More Than 200 Poems about the People, Places and Passions of the United States. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic.  
  68. Lovelace, Amanda; Gill, Nikita; Thomas, Iain S. et. al. 2018. Disconnected: Poems & Stories of Connection and Otherwise.
  69. McCullough, Joy. 2018. Blood Water Paint. New York: Dutton. 
  70. Medina, Tony. 2018. Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy. Penny Candy Books.
  71. Mora, Pat. 2018. Bookjoy, Wordjoy. Ill. by Raúl Colón. New York: Lee & Low.
  72. Neri, G. 2018. When Paul Met Artie: The Story of Simon & Garfunkel. Ill. by David Litchfield. Somerville, MA: Candlewick. 
  73. Nye, Naomi Shihab. 2018. Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners. New York: Greenwillow.
  74. Orgill, Roxane. 2018. Siege: How General Washington Kicked the British Out of Boston and Launched a Revolution. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  75. Paschkis, Julie. 2018. Vivid: Poems and Notes About Color. New York: Holt. 
  76. Pate, Alexs. 2018. You. Ill. by Soud. Minneapolis, MN: Capstone. 
  77. Pignat, Caroline. 2018. Poetree. Red Deer Press.
  78. Pinkney, Andrea Davis. 2018. Martin Rising: Requiem for a King. Ill by Brian Pinkney. New York: Scholastic.
  79. Preston-Gannon, Frann. 2018. Sing a Song of Seasons. Somerville, MA: Candlewick/Nosy Crow.
  80. Reynolds, Jason. 2018. For Everyone. New York: Atheneum. 
  81. Rooney, Rachel. 2018. A Kid in My Class. New York: Feiwel & Friends.
  82. Rosen, Michael. 2018. What is Poetry? The Essential Guide to Reading and Writing Poems. London: Walker Books. 
  83. Rosen, Michael J. 2018. The Greatest Table. Ill. by Becca Stadtlander. Mankato, MN: The Creative Company. 
  84. Rosen, Michael J. 2018. The Horse's Haiku. Ill. by Stan Fellows. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  85. Rosenberg, Sydell. 2018. H is for Haiku: A Treasury of Haiku from A to Z. Ill. by Sawsan Chalabi. Oklahoma City, OK: Penny Candy. 
  86. Salas, Laura Purdie. 2018. Meet My Family! Animal Babies and Their Families. Ill. by Stephanie Fizer Coleman. Brookfield, CT: Lerner/Millbrook.
  87. Settel, Joanne. 2018. Your Amazing Skin from Outside In. New York: Feiwel & Friends.  
  88. _____. 2018. Sing a Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year. Ill. by Frank Preston-Gannon. Somerville, MA: Candlewick/Nosy Crow.
  89. Singer, Marilyn. 2018. Every Month Is a New Year. New York: Lee & Low.
  90. Singer, Marilyn. 2018. Have You Heard About Lady Bird: Poems about Our First Ladies. New York: Disney-Hyperion.
  91. Singer, Marilyn. 2018. Who Are You Calling Weird? New York: Quarto. 
  92. Slade, Suzanne. 2018. Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon. Ill. by Thomas Gonzalez. Atlanta: Peachtree.  
  93. Smith, Heather. 2018. Ebb and Flow. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press.
  94. Sones, Sonya. 2018. The Opposite of Innocent. New York: HarperTeen.
  95. Tassi, Marguerite. (Ed.) 2018. Poetry for Kids: William Shakespeare. Ill. by Mercé López. MoonDance Press.
  96. Taylor, Annette Daniels. 2018. Dreams on Fire. Enslow.
  97. Toalson, R.L. 2018. The Colors of the Rain. Bonnier Publishing USA. 
  98. Tuttle, Sarah Grace. 2018. Hidden City: Poems of Urban Wildlife. Ill. by Amy Schimler-Safford. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
  99. VanDerwater, Amy. 2018. With My Hands: Poems About Making Things. Ill. by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson. New York: Clarion. 
  100. van de Vendel, Edward. 2018. I'll Root for You. Ill. by Wolf Erlbruch. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
  101. Vardell, Sylvia and Wong, Janet (Eds.). 2018. Great Morning!: Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud. Princeton, NJ: Pomelo Books.
  102. Walker, Sally M. 2018. Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up. Ill. by William Grill. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  103. Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2018. Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You. Ill. by James E. Ransome. New York: Bloomsbury.
  104. Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2018. How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace. Ill. by Frank Morrison. New York: Atheneum. 
  105. Weston, Robert Paul. 2018. Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms. Ill. by Misa Saburi. Tundra.
  106. Winters, Kari-Lynn and Fleming, Lori Sherritt. 2018. Hungry for Science: Poems to Crunch On. London: Fitzhenry & Whiteside.
  107. Winters, Kay. 2018. Did You Hear What I Heard? Poems About School. Ill. by Patrice Barton. New York: Dial.
  108. Wright, Richard. 2018. Seeing Into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright. Ill. by Nina Crews. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press.
  109. Yeatts, Tabatha. (Ed.) 2018. Imperfect: Poems About Mistakes: An Anthology for Middle Schoolers. History House Publishers.
  110. Yolen, Jane. 2018. Finding Baba Yaga. New York: Tor Books.
  111. Yolen, Jane and Stemple, Heidi. 2018. Fly With Me: A Celebration of Birds Through Pictures, Poems, and Stories. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic. 
And don't forget to join the Poetry Friday crew hosted this week by Catherine at Read to the Core. See you there!