I’m thrilled to be doing the cover reveal and giveaway for The Writers’ Loft newest anthology. This is a writing group that I joined a few years ago when I started writing picture books. I love the supportive atmosphere and the opportunity to join picture book critique groups, writing seminars, and lectures about a range of topics on children’s book publishing.
The newest poetry anthology is called …
AN ASSORTMENT OF ANIMALS: A Children’s Poetry Anthology by Members of The Writers’ Loft
An illustrated collection of never-before-seen poems about animals from Members of The Writers’ Loft.
From a shoe-shopping centipede to an endearing baby flamingo to a stealthy barracuda, the characters dazzle. Kids will want to cuddle with the pangolin, dance with the rhinos, and eavesdrop on the conversation between a bee and a flower. Three seek and find activities in the back matter makes this book a great addition for teachers, librarians, and families.
It’s truly a labor of love by everyone involved including these folks who did the heavy lifting:
- Edited by Kristen Wixted and Heather Kelly
- Book Design by Doreen Buchinski
- Cover Art by Brian Lies
- Creative Team: Sally Hinkley and Priscilla Alpaugh
What is this poetry anthology all about, you ask? Thank you for asking!
There’s a centipede that goes shoe shopping, a cat that dreams of haute cuisine, a dramatic dog, a hipster hamster.
A conversation between a bee and a flower. A swan’s elegance and an albatross’s lack of it. Moms and babies: deer, pangolins, giraffes, elephants—with art that makes you want to cuddle.
A little bit scary…
Some of the predators in the book may … or may not … eat other characters. An anteater and an ant. A wolverine and a fox. A grizzly bear and a boy. You get the idea.
And what else?
A giant turkey vulture peering right at you from the page, a peacock giving away jewels, a slug on a slip-n-slide!
Three seek and find activities in the back matter makes this book a necessary addition for teachers, librarians, and families alike.
And here it is …
Available for purchase 11/1 (pre-order now!):
List of contributors with books coming or recently out:
Hayley Barrett: Babymoon, April 2019, What Miss Mitchell Saw out Fall 2019
Josh Funk Lady Pancake series, Lost in the Library, etc.
Brian Lies, of the Bats Series, (Bats in the Library, Bats at the Beach…) New out this fall, The Rough Patch and this winter, Got to Get to Bear’s!
Bob Thibeault, (illustrator), Phony Moral Guidance from the Mouth of President Trump (This is not a kids’ book.)
Jane Sutton, Doreen Buchinski (illustrator) Me and the Weirdos, Oct. 2018
Jane Yolen, (of Owl Moon and How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? fame). New book with Heidi Stemple, out this fall, Fly with Me, a treasury celebrating the world of birds.
Jane Kohuth’s book Who’s Got the Etrog? came out this fall.
Other contributors (not mentioned above) are: Kari Allen, Jodie Apeseche, Sandy Budiansky, Ellen Cohen, Elaine D’Alessandro, Audrey Day-Williams, Alice Fulgione, Bonnie Gold, Luke Hargrave, Helen Kampion, Caitlyn Kelly, Jane Kohuth, Marty Lapointe-Malchik, Megan Litwin, Deb O’Brien, Dave Pasquantonio, Charlotte Sheer, Cathy Stenquist, Pam Vaughan, Robin Brett Wechsler, and Joy Wieder.
AN ASSORTMENT OF ANIMALS: A Children’s Poetry Anthology Giveaway!
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The Writers’ Loft is a community in Sherborn, MA, founded by Heather Kelly, dedicated to helping writers improve their craft. We have a quiet, drop-in writing space and a community room for all kinds of events from free craft chats to day-long workshops taught by editors, to classes taught by published writers. Because writing doesn’t have to be a solitary pursuit!
BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 is a book that I created to highlight books written by authors who share the same marginalized identity as the characters in their books.