It's a book I wish I had when I was still teaching. Part memoir, part poetry collection, Good Luck Gold & more is not just another version of the original collection published in 1994. It is a whole new book, and just like the title says, it contains much MORE! In About the Book, Janet writes, "For some of the poems, I decided to write about the story behind the story. For other poems, I decided to write about the story after the story, things I've been wondering about recently that are connected with the poem (in my brain)."
Sharing our stories is so important. It gives us a peek into another person's life and helps us appreciate other cultures and our own culture too. Students often think their lives are too ordinary to write about, but books like Good Luck Gold & more make great mentor texts for showing that the ordinary makes the best topics for poems and other writing (such as memoir).
Good Luck Gold & more was selected for "Hot Off the Press" by the Children's Book Council. I'm sure we'll see this collection on many more lists and winning lots of awards!
With Janet's permission, I'm happy to share two of my favorite passages from the collection. (Every page is so full of heart, it was so difficult to choose just two!)
Janet, who is one of the kindest, most generous people I know is donating 100% of the profits to groups that work to #StopAsianHate and promote bystander training such as ihollaback.org. Just in time for the holidays, Good Luck Gold & more would make the perfect gift for teachers, young readers, and poetry lovers, in addition to making a positive difference in our world! '
AND don't forget to treat yourself to a copy too!
A big thank you to the lovely and amazing Jama for gathering our Poetry Friday folks today on her blog, Jama's Alphabet Soup.
Have a great weekend!