Growing up the Christmas season never really started until after Dec 10th. This is because Dec 10th is my sister's birthday. Only after her birthday could we even think about buying presents or decorating for Christmas.
I always thought it was amazing that my sister shared a birthday with her favorite poet Emily Dickinson. Some would say that my sister, Ann E. Burg, channels Emily while she writes. They not only share a birth date but a middle name and a slight resemblance.
I thought in honor of both their birthdays I would suggest a great poetry book series that would make a wonderful gift. The Poetry for Young People series published by Sterling books has been around for many years. This series of books is a great way to introduce poets to a young audience. There are even a few anthologies on the list. I always liked these books because the illustrations for each book is as different as the poets they talk about. They are informative but not preachy and they give the best examples of a poets works.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Edgar Allen Poe
Again there is a whole list of others to choose from. The anthologies deal with things like the seasons, animals & American Poetry. So pick one out for any child you know and bring them a gift of poetry.
Happy Birthday Ann (& Emily)!!!!!!