Tuesday, November 1, 2011


art by J Beth Jepson

DARE TO DREAM...CHANGE THE WORLD, Kane Miller, Fall 2012 seeks to inform, inspire, ignite middle graders to imagine, persevere and to act.

This collection of work by 30 amazing poets pairs biographical and inspirational poems focusing on persons who invented something, stood for something, said something that defied the naysayers and not only changed their lives but the lives of people all over the world.

The poets themselves were chosen not only for their superb talent but because they too have informed, inspired, and ignited young people throughout their careers with their actions and with their words.

As I put the final touches on the manuscript and excitedly anticipate artist/illustrator J Beth Jepson artistic interpretation of the collection, I am excited to reveal the names of the poets of DARE TO DREAM:
  • Alan Katz
  • Alice Schertle
  • Bruce Coville
  • Carol Tanzman
  • Curtis Crisler
  • David L. Harrison
  • Denise Lewis Patrick
  • Elaine Magliaro
  • Ellen Hopkins
  • Georgia Heard
  • Hope Anita Smith
  • Hope Vestergaard
  • J. Patrick Lewis
  • Jacqui Robbins
  • Jane Yolen
  • Janet Wong
  • Jill Corcoran
  • Joan Bransfield Graham
  • Joyce Lee Wong
  • Joyce Sidman
  • Julia Durango
  • Kelly Ramsdell Fineman
  • Laura Purdie Salas
  • Lee Bennett Hopkins
  • Lisa Wheeler
  • Marilyn Singer
  • Rebecca Kai Dotlich
  • Rose Horowitz
  • Stephanie Hemphill
  • Tracie Vaughn Zimmer


  1. What a great lineup, Jill! You must be thrilled. You should be, anyway.

  2. Wow. Thrilled to be part of this!

  3. Looking forward to reading this collection!
    Congrats, Jill and the wonderful poets listed!

  4. This is a fantastic idea for a collection...and backed up by a tremendous cast. I can't wait to get a copy and share it with our children and my teacher colleagues. Congrats!

  5. Perfect project for the perfect audience. Kids need dreams more than ever. The list of poets is amazing. YAY Jill, for making a great book!


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