What is it? Under the Sunday Tree, by Eloise Greenfield, with paintings by Mr. Amos Ferguson
Who is it for? Perfect for kindergarten to adults
Why should I read it? This collection of poems is filled with both rhyming and free verse poems, and paintings that will make you feel like you’re in the Bahamas. Some of the poems in Under the Sunday Tree are funny, others are heartwarming, and many (like “HerDreams”) will inspire you no matter your age. A perfect collection of poetry for kindergarteners to adults.
What is it? Langston Hughes, Poetry for Young People, edited by David Roessel and Arnold Rampersad
Who is it for? This poetry collection has a Langston Hughes poem for every age.
Why should I read it? Even if you already have many collections of Langston Hughes’ poetry, you’ll want this one for the amazing illustrations by Benny Andrews (1930-2006). One of my favorites is the exuberant, joyful painting that accompanies the poem “I, Too”. A perfect painting for a perfect poem. (Coretta Scott King Honor Award)