|A new anthology from Lee Bennett Hopkins is always cause for celebration. I Am the Book (Holiday House, 2011, illustrated by Yayo) is even more so because the poems are all about books!
This anthology feels a little younger than many of his anthologies–partially because there are more rhyming poems than usual, I think. The great thing about the really accessible feel to the 13 poems here is that everyone from kindergartners on up will be able to love and understand them.
I won’t share a poem from the book, as much as I would love to, because each poet has just one poem. But the list of contributors features several LBH regulars, as well as lesser-known but spectacular poets, plus newer poets that you might recognize from the kidlitosphere. If you haven’t already, get this book and settle in to celebrate books.