Wrap up this book for someone special. Poetry Friday meets Perfect Picture Book Friday.

Last week, my hubby surprised me with a present that combines three of my interests between one set of colorful book covers. The book is called Origami and Haiku inspired by Japanese artwork. With Christmas nearly here, I’d like to share this book with you because I believe it would make a perfect present, both for children and adults.

This book combines the beautiful and sparse poetry form of Haiku, the intricate, paper-folding art of origami, stunning nature illustrations by various Japanese artists, and…

if that doesn’t seem amazing enough, 50 removable origami papers so readers can follow along and create the projects which correspond to the poems and art.

I call that a lot to love in a book!


Title – Origami and Haiku – inspired by Japanese artwork

Published by – Nosy Crow, an imprint of Candlewick Press – 2018

Topics/Theme –  Haiku poems, origami projects, Japanese nature illustrations

A haiku poem from the page about the rabbit:  

even the rabbit droops one

of her ears–

midsummer heat!

by Ryunosuke Akutagawa

Find this book here on Amazon

For those of you who are interested in learning more about Haiku, here are two fun projects.

Origami rings Here
origami rings





Origami elephant Here

easy origami elephant

To learn more about Haiku look Here and Here.

More Haiku books for children (Click the title to jump to each book’s listing on Amazon.)

One Leaf Rides the Wind

Hi, Koo

The Cuckoo’s Haiku


Until next Friday.


  1. Beth Anderson

    Niiiiiiiiiice! And some great kids books to go along with it!

    • Leslie Leibhardt Goodman - Writer

      This book truly is a gem. I know it’s intended for children, but I think it’s a lovely book for all ages. I’m glad you like the selection of books I added on at the end of the post.

  2. Patricia Tilton

    Fabulous book. Kids will really enjoy the origami. I shared a poetry book today that is written in tanka, which is similar to haiku.

  3. Leslie Leibhardt Goodman - Writer

    I haven’t tried writing a tanka poem as of yet. I’m thinking I should pop over to my library and pick up the book you reviewed and try to write one or more.

  4. ptnozell

    What a thoughtful gift! You might also enjoy H is for Haiku, Sydell Rosenberg (Penny Candy Press, 2018).

  5. Leslie Leibhardt Goodman - Writer

    I love the book, H is for Haiku. The poems are so thoughtfully written.

  6. Cathy Ogren

    Thanks for some great ideas for books as well as gifts!

    • Leslie Leibhardt Goodman - Writer

      You’re very welcome, Cathy. And, in case you’re like me and like to place something under the tree to yourself, the Origami and Haiku book with the gorgeous illustrations is amazing.

  7. Joanna

    Gorgeous illustrations and a great combination, Origami and Haiku. I love your activities and pairings.

  8. Leslie Leibhardt Goodman - Writer

    Thanks so much, Joanna. This book is quite a treasure. I love that origami paper is included at the back. There’s so much to love in this book.