Rios de lava


This rich anthol­ogy offers 128 pages of mag­nif­i­cent poetry for the upper ele­men­tary, mid­dle and high school stu­dents. The works of some of the most pres­ti­gious poets in the Span­ish speak­ing world are represented.

Some of the poets included among many oth­ers are:

  • from Spain, Rafael Alberti, León Felipe, Glo­ria Fuertes, Fed­erico Gar­cía Lorca, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Anto­nio Machado, Lope de Vega
  • from Argentina, Fryda Schultz de Man­to­vani, Pedro Juan Vig­nale, María Elena Walsh
  • from Costa Rica, Rodolfo Dada, Car­los Luis Sáenz
  • from Chile, Gabriela Mis­tral, Pablo Neruda, Nicanor Parra, Vio­leta Parra
  • from Cuba, Mirta Aguirre, David Cheri­cián, Nicolás Guil­lén, José Martí
  • from Méx­ico, Anto­nio Ramírez Grana­dos, Octavio Paz, Totoquihuatzín
  • from Nicaragua, Rubén Darío
  • from Perú, Javier Sologuren
  • from Uruguay, Juana de Ibarborou

Poems pub­lished orig­i­nally in this anthol­ogy, by F. Isabel Cam­poy include: “Abre la mano”, “Mi voz”, “Los col­ores de la tarde” and “En el museo”, and from Alma Flor Ada “Arco iris”, “Bosques”, “Campesinos y campesinas migrantes”, “Gui­jar­ros”, “El mismo sol”, and “El Inca Gar­cilaso de la Vega”.


Poetry is one of the best gifts we can give chil­dren. A poem a day enhances a child’s life with the sounds of words, with rhyme and rhythm, with the enchant­ment of images and metaphors, with the invi­ta­tion to see real­ity with new eyes.

Our cul­ture is very rich in out­stand­ing poets and excel­lent poetry. Some poets write pri­mar­ily for chil­dren, but even our most rec­og­nized poets have at some time or other written poetry that chil­dren can enjoy.

The Cielo abierto Poetry Col­lec­tion is com­posed of seven poetry antholo­gies. These rich antholo­gies include selec­tions from the folk­lore along with the work of the best Spanish-speaking poets from the United States, Latin Amer­ica and Spain. Each of the selec­tions has been care­fully cho­sen to awaken children’s love of poetry and to deepen their appreci­a­tion for the musi­cal­ity and rich­ness of the Span­ish lan­guage. Orig­i­nal poems by Alma Flor Ada and Isabel Cam­poy are also included.

It is impos­si­ble to assign a spe­cific age to poetry, since the same poem can be enjoyed by chil­dren of dif­fer­ent ages at dif­fer­ent moments. Yet, there is a cer­tain pro­gres­sion of language and read­ing dif­fi­culty in the series reflected in the order in which the titles are listed.

Grade lev­els have been men­tioned next to the titles as an ori­en­ta­tion, but should not be seen restrictively.

The titles are: