TOP POETRY PICKS
Here’s a trio of top poetry collections, hand-picked by Andrea Reece, the manager of National Poetry Day (so you know that she knows her stuff!).
1. The Same Inside by Liz Brownlee, Matt Goodfellow and Roger Stevens (Macmillan Children’s Books)
“This collection features poems by three top poets: Liz Brownlee, Matt Goodfellow and Roger Stevens. Between them they cover a lot of topics: friendship and togetherness, difference, tolerance and bullying.”
2. Rebound by Kwame Alexander (Andersen)
“This is actually a novel, but it’s written in verse, and if you’re into rap then you’ll love it. Charlie Bell is sad, lonely and angry when his father dies suddenly. Packed off to spend the summer with his grandparents, making new friends and learning to play basketball help him come to terms with what’s happened, until something happens that threatens to knock him off his feet again.”
3. Poetry For A Change: A National Poetry Day Anthology (Otter-Barry Books)
“Some 21 poets were each asked to write a poem on the National Poetry Day theme of ‘change’, and also to choose a classic poem for inclusion, one that inspires them.
So, you’ll find werewolves stalking these pages, as well as chameleons and caterpillars, sunflowers, snapshots and summer holidays. It’s a book you’ll want to share – this really is poetry for a change!”