If, for some reason, you missed the debut of this article at The Poetry Foundation, it's not to late to check it out:
All Good Slides are Slippery by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Chris Raschka
You read that right -- Lemony Snicket. He created a collection of poems that children "might like," and Chris Raschka illustrated the collection with happy, splashy paintings. Fun, fun, fun!
From the introduction:
"The poems contained in this children’s poetry portfolio are not made for children. Poetry is like a curvy slide in a playground — an odd object, available to the public — and, as I keep explaining to my local police force, everyone should be able to use it, not just those of a certain age."
"If you are a child, you might like these poems. Of course, you might not. Poems, like children, are individuals, and will not be liked by every single person who happens to come across them. So you may consider this portfolio a gathering of people in a room. It does not matter how old they are, or how old you are yourself. What matters is that there are a bunch of people standing around in a room, and you might want to look at them."
We're gathering in the "room" (aka blog) of Laura at Author Amok for the Poetry Friday roundup this week. See you there!