Readers of all ages are sure to find new, favorite poems and poets.


Poetry is a powerful thing. It has moved many minds, hearts, and souls. This is the case for Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wentworth, who present to you a series of charming poems celebrating their favorite poets! The book is divided into three main chapters: Got Style, In Your Shoes, and Thank You. They all begin with a little blurb about the power of poetry right before delving into a number of poems, each celebrating a different poet. Out of Wonder will have you wondering about a variety of powerful poets from different times and places! 

BTSYA / Teen Reader (18):
I have enjoyed Kwame Alexander’s other works and really looked forward to reading this one! I simply loved the illustrations, so hats off to Ekua Holmes for such beautiful artwork! Every reader can appreciate the poems, even if they don’t know the poets being celebrated. There were so many poets I did not know, but I’m excited to find out more about them! I’m sure other readers will too, maybe to even write their own poems as well.  

My only criticism is that a few of the poems might not necessarily match the works of the poets they are celebrating, but that’s the art of it! There are so many different inspirations and ways to interpret them. Considering the vocabulary, I would recommend this novel for readers 8 years and up, but children even younger can join in the fun if they have someone to help them read!

Out of Wonder would make a great gift for students in elementary school and fans of poetry. 

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Beautiful illustrations add to the visualization and sensory experience of these poems that are meant to be shared and read aloud. Readers (including adults) are sure to find new-to-them poets who become personal favorites.

Content Awareness Factors:


Type of Book:
This is an illustrated collection of poetry that pays tribute to the poets who have inspired the book's authors.
Educational Themes:

Older readers can recognize and enjoy the styles inspiring the different works. Younger readers will be excited by the rich and vibrant pieces of art and find a wonderful introduction to poetry. Kwame Alexander makes sure to include brief biographies for each celebrated poet at the end of the book for readers interested in learning more about them.

Do your readers know these poets? The author wrote this book as a tribute to the poets who inspired him as a boy. Who would be that inspiration to your child? 

Take the next step: encourage your child to write a poem or story about someone who inspired them.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 18
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. The poetry is fun and the illustrations are fantastic.

Title Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
Author Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, Marjory Wentworth
Publisher Candlewick Press, Walker Books Group © 2017
Illustrators Ekua Holmes
ISBN 9780763680947
Material Hard Cover
Genres Poetry, Biography, Africa | African People
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