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).
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!