Becoming Emily: The Life of Emily Dickinson by Krystyna Poray Goddu

Becoming Emily: The Life of Emily Dickinson by Krystyna Poray Goddu

Introducing Emily Dickinson to middle grade readers using Emily’s own words from letters and poems, this book focuses on her early years and friendships, but also includes the rest of her life. Ms. Goddu shares the cultural context of Emily’s time, but, as a reader, you also feel you know Ms. Dickinson well by the […]


The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

I don’t often read novels in verse. They aren’t my thing, but Elizabeth Acevedo’s debut novel, “The Poet X,” is making think I have been missing out.  Acevedo tells the story of Xiomara who feels ignored at home and school, but is also the target unwanted attention from both her classmates and mother. The boys […]


Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

This is a painfully moving picture books for adults and older teens, a poem written by Hosseini and illustrated by the very talented Dan Williams. The poem is a prayer spoken at night by the father of a young boy with whom he plans to cross the Mediterranean in an overcrowded raft to get to […]



Bull by David Elliott

Bull by David Elliott

A powerful and sometimes very funny rethinking of the Minotaur story in verse. Poseidon narrates: Waddup, bitches? Am I right or am I right? That bum Minos deserved what he got. I mean, I may be a god, but I’m not Unreasonable, and when I am, so What?  But Minos, his wife Pasiphae, his engineer […]


I’m Just No Good at Rhyming by Chris Harris

I’m Just No Good at Rhyming by Chris Harris

This is one of those gems of a kid’s book that adults will love. It’s packed with clever stuff that your 6-year old will get on one level and you will laugh at on another. It’s a perfect tool to teach the future generation the joys of irony, satire, parody, and what I call slightly […]