I am so excited that BookSpeak! Poems About Books is a Finalist for the children’s category of the Minnesota Book Awards. The reason any kind of honor or award is wonderful is that you respect the judgment and choices of the committee making the choices. So this week, I thought I’d share the other three Finalist books in my category–terrific books, every one of them! (Monday, I featured Friends, by Catherine Thimmesh, and yesterday it was The Last Day of Kindergarten, by Nancy Loewen.) This month is Readers’ Choice voting, too, so go vote for your favorite!
Another gorgeous book by Joyce Sidman! In Swirl by Swirl, she takes a complex concept–why do spirals exist so frequently in nature–and she creates a beautiful, simple text that answers that question and celebrates the versatility and functionality of spirals. This book reads like a free verse poem. The text is spare (not a single wasted word), and the sounds and rhythm are wonderful. From waves to galaxies, from fiddlehead ferns to snail shells, this book will help kids notice the spirals that are already around them and inspire them to look for more. I love picture books that are about tiny specifics and huge concepts all at once, and this is one of those books. So terrific…
And?this concludes my Minnesota Book Awards Finalists posts. Of course, I would love for BookSpeak to win, but with these other three fine Finalists, I’ll be cheering on whichever book takes home the prize!