Conversation: A Family Of Poems

A new book of children's poetry inspired by a Kennedy tradition

As a child at the White House, Caroline Kennedy got early lessons in the power of words. Her father, President John F. Kennedy, was famously eloquent. Her mother Jacqueline adored poetry and kept a scrapbook in which her children would paste favorite poems. Kennedy, 47, talked with Time about her new anthology, A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children (Hyperion).

Why create another book of children's poetry?

When I put together a book of favorite poems of my mother's [The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis], the response I got was really surprising to me. People have an emotional...

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