David McCord, Aileen Fisher, Karla Kuskin, Myra Cohn Livingston, Eve Merriam, John Ciardi, Lilian Moore, Arnold Adoff, Valerie Worth, Barbara Esbensen, Eloise Greenfield, X. J. Kennedy, Mary Ann Hoberman, Nikki Grimes, and now Lee Bennett Hopkins.
Two people will be chosen from today's commenters to receive a free copy of Dear One, the poem anthology created in honor of Lee Bennett Hopkins' receiving the NCTE Poetry Award on Nov. 20. Yesterday's winners are Dianne White and Susan Taylor Brown.
In the mean time, I would also like to showcase the work of the fabulous illustrator, Stephen Alcorn, who so generously donated the front and back cover art for Dear One. He has collaborated on five poetry collections with Lee Bennett Hopkins, including:
- America at War
- My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States
- Days to Celebrate: A Full Year of Poetry, People, Holidays, History, Fascinating Facts, and More
- Home to Me: Poems Across America
- Hoofbeats, Claws, and Rippled Fins: Creature Poems
- A Poem of Her Own: Voices of American Women Yesterday and Today
- I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry
I'd particularly like to highlight his recent work, A Gift of Days; The Greatest Words to Live By (Simon & Schuster, 2009), a gorgeous book that celebrates "visionaries and heroes from all walks of life" featuring quotes for every single day of the year alongside graphic portraits of many of the individuals quoted in the book. Read more about it on Stephen's web site here. I'm a big fan of quotes and use them in my teaching all the time. Here is a fresh resource that integrates the well known with the fresh and surprising, from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Madonna-- a true gem for teachers and quote-lovers of all kinds!
Posting c Sylvia Vardell 2009. All rights reserved.
Image credit: Amazon, AlcornGallery