The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Poetry
by Nikki Moustaki
I’ve really enjoyed reading through this book on how to write poetry.
But I don’t just want to read about poetry.
I want to try writing it.
So I like to take trips to our local library and got out a whole bagful of children’s poetry books. I just go into the nonfiction aisle in the children’s section and browse through their poetry section.
Of course, I read titles by Jack Prelusky, the current king of children’s poetry, but I also like to read books I have at home by Shel Silverstein, the genius of children’s poetry, and Robert Louis Stevenson, the master of children’s poetry.
And then, after I practice writing short poems for children as I read through this how-to book on poetry, I also want to read entire picture books written in rhyme.
That’s my ultimate goal for studying poetry…to improve my skills at writing picture books in rhyme.
How is your picture books celebration coming along?