Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

By Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, Marjory Wentworth
Illustrated by Ekua Holmes

The 2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner A Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Honoree’s New York Times best-selling ode to poets who have sparked a sense of wonder.

Out of gratitude for the poet’s art form, Newbery Award–winning author and poet Kwame Alexander, along with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, present original poems that pay homage to twenty famed poets who have made the authors’ hearts sing and their minds wonder. Stunning mixed-media images by Ekua Holmes, winner of a Caldecott Honor and a John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award, complete the celebration and invite the reader to listen, wonder, and perhaps even pick up a pen.

  • A powerful and impossible-to-ignore pairing of two rising stars: Kwame Alexander, winner of the 2015 Newbery Award for The Crossover and recipient of an NAACP Image Award + Ekua Holmes, winner of a 2016 Caldecott Honor, a 2016 CSK John Steptoe New Talent Award, and a 2015 Siebert Honor for Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement written by Carole Boston Wetherford.
  • A Preface and Part Openers by Kwame Alexander speak directly to the most receptive audience: Language and Creative Arts teachers and mentors. A perfect entry point for explorations of poetry.
  • Concluding the book is a section of detailed biographies of the poets celebrated. Poets from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia, the Far East, and Canada are celebrated.

About the author

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and author of twenty-one books for children and educators, including Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band, Surf’s Up, Booked, and a middle-grade novel in verse, The Crossover, which was awarded the 2015 Newbery Medal. He is currently the poet laureate of LitWorld, a K-6 literacy organization dedicated to supporting the development of literacy in the world's most vulnerable communities. He lives in Virginia.

About the illustrator

Ekua Holmes is a fine artist whose work explores themes of family, relationships, hope, and faith. The first children’s book she illustrated is Carole Boston Weatherford’s Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, which was a Caldecott Honor Book and a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and for which she also won the John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award. Ekua Holmes lives in Boston.

ISBN: 9780763680947
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: March 1, 2017
Dimensions: 247 x 287mm, 56pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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