COMPANION TITLE TO AWARD-WINNING READ! READ! READ!, a 2018 NCTE Notable Poetry Book, a 2017 Nerdy Book Club Choice, and a 2017 “Best of the Best” on the Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Books list.
AMY LUDWIG VANDERWATER IS AN AWARD-WINNING POET: Her first poetry book, Forest Has A Song, won the 2016 SCBWI Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, a Golden Kite Honor Award for Picture Book Text, and was the 2013 Cybils Poetry Award Winner. VanDerwater has a popular website aimed at educators and is well-connected in the educational and poetry online communities.
INCLUDES POEMS ON ALL TYPES OF WRITING including persuasive essays, stories, social studies reports, thank-you notes, jots, articles, poems, and plays.
WRITING IS A POPULAR SCHOOL/LIBRARY TOPIC: The subject of writing will have great appeal both in the school/library market and in the trade market.
APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH and this is an excellent picture book choice to celebrate with!
EDUCATORS HAVE ENDORSED THE TEXT:
“Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s Write! Write! Write! will be an incredible resource for writing teachers across grade levels. With a playful tone and engaging word choices, she addresses head-on many concerns felt by young writers—including writer’s block and revision…. This picture book will become a staple in many composition and language arts classrooms.”—DONALYN MILLER, Texas educator and author of The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild.
“I love the Write! Write! Write! poems. They capture the agony and joy writers of all ages feel. In classrooms across ages, even as young as Kindergarten, I find students going through the same emotional journey we do as adult writers.”—CHRISTOPHER LEHMAN, Founding Director of The Educator Collaborative, LLC.
“Teachers and student writers need Amy’s encouraging, inspirational voice in their ear as they face the blank page. I can see writers of all ages turning to Write! Write! Write!”—JENNIFER SERRAVALLO, author of the New York Times bestselling title The Reading Strategies Book and bestselling title The Writing Strategies Book.
"With poems about writer’s block and editing, VanDerwater doesn’t hide the hard part of writing. Mostly, though, with the aid of O’Rourke’s gently whimsical artwork — unicorns in flowers, pencils with butterfly wings — she embraces it." —The New York Times Book Review
"Both technique and imaginative impulse can be found in this useful selection of poems about the literary art... (t)his anthology has clear classroom applications, but it will also be enjoyed by individual readers who can pore carefully over playful illustrations filled with diverse children, butterflies, flowers, books, and pieces of writing. Here's hoping this will inspire many children to joyfully engage in writing." — Kirkus Reviews
"Following their poetic tribute to reading, Read! Read! Read!, VanDerwater and O’Rourke return with a collection of 22 poems about writers and their craft. VanDerwater, via various poetic forms, covers familiar motifs—starting out... and editing...alongside broader explorations of drafting. O’Rourke’s lightsome artwork, rendered in oil paints and colored digitally, features paper doll–like children of various skin tones embodying their accompanying poems, sometimes surreally. The poems are by turns amusing and thoughtful, and their examination of the writing process will be particularly useful to educators." — Publishers Weekly
"This delightful poetry collection introduces young readers to a cornucopia of forms and processes, guiding aspiring writers through brainstorming, revision, editing, and sharing their work... inspiring budding poets to push past writer’s block and be confident in expressing their valuable thoughts. Alongside the upbeat, flowing verse are vibrant, whimsical illustrations from O’Rourke, whose inclusive artwork showcases a variety of children, animals, and other creatures enjoying reading and writing. From cheerful couplets to meditations and songs, this successfully champions its tagline, 'Writing is for everyone.'" —Booklist
"This beautiful compendium of poems that celebrates the written word is a joy to share with young writers. There is sure to be a poem within these pages that appeals to every reader. Each poem celebrates parts of the writing process; the illustrations add depth to their meaning. The poems could also be shared with and appeal to older, independent readers. This collection would be well used as a mentor text for poetry writing in the upper elementary grades." — School Library Journal
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