A Poetry Book for Boys

Bob Raczka and Peter H. Reynolds‘ new book, Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys, was released earlier this month.  Guyku is a book of seasonal haiku poems written with a young male audience in mind.  The nature-related poems by Raczka are enhanced with classic Reynolds illustrations.  The writing and the illustrations are extremely appealing and are sure to captivate a boy who loves nature, but may not be inspired to write about poems about it.

There’s even a Guyku Website, which is complete with teacher resources and tips for boys to use to get started writing their own guykus.  The site encourages boys to write and submit their own haiku poems.  Therefore, if this book inspires the boys in your class to write some poetry, then work with them to submit it for publication on the Guyku Website.

Here’s a peek at three of my favorite fall guykus.  Click on each of the images below to enlarge.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt © 2010

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt © 2010

A review copy of Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys was provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group.