Poetry Friday: Illustrating Poetry

This week I’m considering an audio-visual approach to poetry. Listen to illustrator R. Gregory Christie discuss how he approached the creative task of illustrating children’s poems in The Palm of My Heart (Lee and Low, 1996). Next, have students illustrate a poem of their own or a poem by their favorite poet.

Poetry can evoke vivid images in our minds; how exciting it would be to invite students to translate poetic imagery into visual art!

And, below you’ll see R. Gregory Christie’s illustration of the poem “Black Hands” from The Palm of My Heart.

llustration ©1996 R. Gregory Christie. Published by Lee & Low. All rights reserved.

Poetry Friday is hosted at Book Aunt this week.

Posted by Danika Brubaker, MLS, Author and Publisher Liaison Librarian

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One Response to Poetry Friday: Illustrating Poetry

  1. Laura Evans April 2, 2010 at 8:18 pm #


    What a wonderful approach to poetry!

    Laura Evans
    all things poetry

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