In honor of my friend the poet…

Posted April 17th, 2011

Yesterday, my friend and fellow writer JoAnn Early Macken celebrated teachers at the Brookfield, Wisconsin Barnes and Noble where we signed books. JoAnn has got a great and funny new book called Baby Says Moo.  It’s such a  kick to watch people read it and chuckle as they do. JoAnn also has a lovely, quiet book about finding safety, Waiting Out the Storm.   This was her own wish to help kids find calm in the midst of fear and tragedy and it is such a good book for parents and kids in this regard. While each of these books is quite different in tone, they’re both such poetic gems! If you haven’t seen them yet, I encourage you to check them out soon.


Between the massive throngs of people who came to our signing — okay, it was more like small flurries,but thank you to all who came and looked and even bought books! — JoAnn pulled some picture book poetry off the shelves and we paged through these while talking about all the great children’s poetry out in the world. We agreed, one of our favorites is Marilyn Singer’s Mirror, Mirror, a Book of Reversible VerseThere is so much really great poetry in the kids’ and YA sections of our libraries and local bookstores — I haven’t talked about that but see Ellen Hopkins for realistic and gritty tales in poetic form, or Ron Koertge’s books, and there’s Nikki Grimes or Sonya Sones and Sharon Darrow, too. I could go on and on and on because these books are all gold in the world of story. 

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse

It turned out that I couldn’t have spent a sweeter day than in the picture book section of the store.

And, here’s a little something for all who have fan crushes on Bruce Springsteen (Jesse’s Girl); he’s coming to B&N on May 20. I think I’m going to go over there and swoon.

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