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How to Write a Poem (Hardcover)

How to Write a Poem By Kwame Alexander, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator), Deanna Nikaido Cover Image
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In this evocative and playful companion to their New York Times bestselling picture book How to Read a Book, Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander teams up with poet Deanna Nikaido and Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet to celebrate the magic of discovering your very own poetry in the world around you.


with a question

like an acorn

waiting for spring.

From this first stanza, readers are invited to pay attention—and to see that paying attention itself is poetry. Kwame Alexander and Deanna Nikaido’s playful text and Melissa Sweet’s dynamic, inventive artwork are paired together to encourage readers to listen, feel, and discover the words that dance in the world around them—poems just waiting to be written down.



About the Author

Kwame Alexander is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-two books, including The Undefeated; How to Read a Book; How to Write a Poem; Solo; Swing; Rebound, which was shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal; and his Newbery Medal–winning middle grade novel The Crossover. He’s also the founding editor of Versify, an imprint that aims to Change the World One Word at a Time. Visit him at

Melissa Sweet has illustrated more than one hundred books. Her work has been in magazines, on greeting cards, and on her living room walls. Melissa has received the Caldecott Honor Medal twice, among many other awards, including the Sibert Medal, and is a New York Times bestselling author and artist. Melissa lives in Maine. You can visit her at

Praise For…

"An exquisite guide that inspires and encapsulates the essence of poetry." — Booklist (starred review)

"Both a teaching tool for writing poetry as well as an ode to poetry itself. Highly recommended." — School Library Journal (starred review)

"Marvelously crafted to inspire blooming writers." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A highly welcoming invitation to write that makes clear poetry is for everyone—reader and writer alike." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063060906
ISBN-10: 0063060906
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
Publication Date: April 4th, 2023
Pages: 32
Language: English