cover image Thanku: Poems of Gratitude

Thanku: Poems of Gratitude

Edited by Miranda Paul, illus. by Marlena Myles. Millbrook, $19.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-541523-63-0

This anthology of 32 poems by a diverse array of writers invites readers into a deeper understanding of gratitude. Paul, a We Need Diverse Books cofounder, knits together an impressive patchwork of poetic forms and voices, including an acrostic ode to dimples and a ballad about uncovering a beach’s most perfect rock. Illustrations by Myles (who is Spirit Lake Dakota, Mohegan, and Muscokee Creek) have a static quality that frames the lyricism of the texts with myriad colors and textures. Back matter includes contributor bios, easy-to-digest descriptions of poetic and literary devices used throughout, and a letter from Paul about “the myths and half-truths” about Thanksgiving, and related misrepresentations of Native and First Nations people. Though some works are stronger than others, this is a thoughtful resource for poetry students and teachers. Ages 6–10. (Sept.)