Here We Go -- Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong of Pomelo Books have knocked another one out of the ballpark.
Like their first Poetry Friday Power Book, Just You Wait, this interactive verse novel/optional poetry writing course is full to the brim with anchor poems, response poems, and mentor poems. There are Powerplay activity pages for brainstorming, and Power2You Writing prompts that encourage poetry writing.
Here We Go features four characters who are dealing with timely issues: being an immigrant, being a Muslim, surviving family tensions, dealing with fake news, trying to do good in the world.
This is the right book at the right time. I'm hoping the characters in this book will help me encourage my 5th graders to look beyond the school walls and the boundaries of their neighborhood and find their own ways to make the world a better place. Thank you, Janet and Sylvia for using poetry to start the most important conversations we could possibly have with our students.
Check out Irene Latham's extensive review of Here We Go for more details about the book.
Violet has the Poetry Friday Roundup at Violet Nesdoly | Poems.