Line after line of inky black birds
forming the flocks that shift into words.
Page after page of tales winging by
singing a story against a
I chose that poem to share because I feel like it takes all of us, flocks of writers and readers and teachers and dreamers, to make books what they are. A huge part of what makes this award so astounding is the quality of all the Finalists. I’ve mentioned all the other Poetry Finalists that are picture books (links below). In the Sea, by David Elliott (and here) UnBEElievables, by Douglas Florian Water Sings Blue, by Kate Coombs Last Laughs, by J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen (and here) National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry, ed. by J. Patrick Lewis (and here) and Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses, by Ron Koertge (not a picture book and sort of out of my coverage zone) See why I was so proud just to be a Finalist? And then there are?the judges.?Look at this all-star list of poetry lovers: Round One Carol Wilcox Carol W’s Corner Jone Rush MacCulloch Check It Out Anastasia Suen Booktalking Tricia Stohr-Hunt The Miss Rumphius Effect Irene Latham Live Your Poem Misti Tidman Kid Lit Geek Mary Lee Hahn A Year of Reading Round Two Sylvia Vardell Poetry for Children Ed DeCaria Think Kid Think Renee La Tulippe No Water River Diane Mayr Kurious Kitty Linda Baie Teacher Dance I know how much time and’debate and passion goes into these choices. It’s incredibly difficult choosing a book every single person can get behind and agree with. I am humbled and delighted that BookSpeak ended up being that book this year.?And I’m also grateful to everyone celebrating with me, those?who tread the writing path or put books into kids’ hands or share reviews or Like books on websites. Or who simply love books and poetry. Kids’ poetry needs all of us!?OK, I hear exit music playing and feel the hook approaching.?But…I am thrilled and I am grateful. Thank you. .Linda at Teacher Dance has today’s Poetry Friday roundup — enjoy!