Children’s Poet Laureate Monthly Book Picks
Each month, the Children’s Poet Laureate recommends a book of poetry for children. Selections include classics of children’s literature, adult collections that are well-suited to children, as well as newly published books.
Kenn Nesbitt’s December 2013 Book Pick
HMH Books for Young Readers 2013
In this lush and poignant new collection, What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms & Blessings, Joyce Sidman stretches her arms wide to embrace the world, to speak in praise and lament, and to affirm the wonder and sacredness of being human. This book is a departure of sorts for Sidman, written for an older audience (12 and up) than much of her previous work. Unlike her poems about nature and animals, these are chants, spells, remembrances, praise songs, and other poems about life in all its turns and facets.
This gorgeous volume evokes a remarkable range of emotions, from the grief of loss to the giddiness of new love, from embarrassment to bravery, from thankfulness for simple things to grand wishes for the future. With its warm, rich illustrations by Pamela Zagarenski, What the Heart Knows is just the right book to curl up with in a quiet moment.