Monday, April 24, 2017

Haikus for You

Poetry takes center stage in April. Take a look at these two haiku books!

ANIMAL ARK
Photos by Joel Sartore
Words by Kwame Alexander
National Geographic, 2017

This incredible photo book is just one manifestation of photographer Joel Sartore's vision to "photograph every captive species to inspire people to save those most vulnerable." His project is called PhotoArk. Newbury Medalist Kwame Alexander collaborates with Sartore using haiku, a Japanese poetic style that traditionally highlights nature, to express the incredible diversity of species around the world.

GUYKU: A YEAR OF HAIKU FOR BOYS
by Bob Raczka
illus. by Peter H. Reynolds
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2010

With haiku like "If this puddle could/talk, I think it would tell me/to splash my sister" and "Winter must be here./Every time I open my/mouth, a cloud comes out", Raczka channels his inner-child and returns to his boyhood with actions and expressions that every mother of boys will nod their heads at.