One of my favorite books for writers, teachers, students and lovers of children's poetry is SEEING THE BLUE BETWEEN: ADVICE AND INSPIRATION FOR YOUNG POETS, compiled by the great Paul B. Janeczko.
This book is a must have and the perfect gift book. In SEEING THE BLUE BETWEEN, 32 of today's finest children's poets write a letter to the reader addressing a question Janeczko received from countless children, "How can I become a better writer?". Each poet also includes 1 -3 of their favorite poems.
By the way, the title of the book, SEEING THE BLUE BETWEEN, is taken from Kristine O'Connell George's spectacular poem by the same name. Kristine was my first children's poetry teacher at UCLA Extension and the person who inspired me to write poetry for children.
Click through the book's Table of Contents! This who's who of children's poets makes me giddy knowing I can curl up with their wealth of wisdom, generosity of spirit, and their wonderful, wonderful words.