There are certain authors that as soon as I see an
announcement of their new books, I immediately pre-order them. Amy LudwigVanderwater
is one of those authors. The gentle voice in her poems speak to my
heart. This week her latest book, DREAMING OF YOU arrived on my doorstep.
It is a sweet lullaby perfect to read to
little ones. It is also a lovely gift to yourself when you’ve had a stressful day.
The flowing rhythm and repetition will calm and quiet you.
Another author I love is Laura Purdie Salas
. She is a master at teaching her readers about a topic and getting them to see the world in new
and interesting ways.
For example, in
her brand new book MEET MY FAMILY, readers learn about baby animals and their
diverse family structures. What a creative way to teach children that there are all kinds of families, and they can be cared for in different ways. This book will help children see that there is more than one right way to be a family.
I think I have just about every anthology by Lee Bennett Hopkins,
and I am happy to have another one to add to my collection! SCHOOL PEOPLE is a collection of poems
celebrating the people children encounter during the school day. The poems are
written by many of my favorite poets including members of our own Poetry
Friday family. I especially love the way the opening poem “School’s Story” by
Rebecca Kai Dotlich invites readers in and lets us know that we are all welcome, “I am waiting—come on
I hope this collection finds its
way to every elementary classroom.
I’m honored to announce that I have poems in each of these
two forthcoming anthologies. YAY! I’ll share more about each of them in a future
A big thank you to Michelle at Today's Little Ditty
for hosting today.