Sing a Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year

illus. by Frann Preston-Gannon. 336p. index. Nosy Crow. Oct. 2018. Tr $40. ISBN 9781536202472.
Gr 3 Up—This beautiful anthology of nature poems delivers just what it promises: a poem for each day of the year, organized by date, from January through December. The poems vary in length, format, and structure, and the volume lends itself well to casual browsing, independent and shared reading, read-alouds, and/or direct instruction. There is, however, a preponderance of white male poets; writers of color are woefully underrepresented. Further, the majority of contributors are either British or American, and many are known for their 19th- and early 20th-century work. While the entries are evocative and rich with figurative language, the mixed media illustrations really steal the show. The artwork charmingly complements the selected poems, and is sure to capture the attention of young readers. Physically, the book is quite heavy, and might be a bit unwieldy for kids to carry or fit in their backpacks. The collection also includes indices of poets, poems, and first lines.
VERDICT Libraries seeking an inclusive sampling of contemporary poets will be better served elsewhere.–Lauren Strohecker, McKinley Elementary School, Elkins Park, PA

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