Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Annual Dare to Dream Poetry Contest for Kids

Grand Prize winner receives $1,500 
worth of Kane Miller and Usborne books for
a library of their choice
the 30 top poets will be published 
by Kane Miller Books 
in a free e-book!

A wall full of poetry from third graders at Island Lake Elementary in Shoreview, MN for the
Dare to Dream...Change the World poetry contest!

The Dare to Dream … Change the World Annual Writing Contest for Kids aims to promote literacy, poetry writing, and nonfiction research while inspiring students to follow their dreams.

It’s based on the award-winning Dare to Dream … Change the World which pairs biographical and inspirational poems about people who invented something, stood for something, said something, defied the naysayers and not only changed their own lives, but the lives of people all over the world.


WHO: For students in 3rd through 8th grade.

WHAT: Following the format of the book, students will write a biographical poem and non-fiction paragraph about someone who not only dreamed, but who took action and made the world better.

HOW: Send your entry by e-mail todaretodreamchangetheworld@gmail.com, subject line of “DARE TO DREAM Writing Contest.” Be sure to include your first name only, your e-mail address and your parents’ e-mail address. 

DEADLINE: April 30, 2013

 Ellen Hopkins, Jane Yolen, Joyce Sidman, J. Patrick Lewis, Marilyn Singer, Georgia Heard, Alice Schertle, Lisa Wheeler, Julia Durango, Lee Bennett Hopkins, David L. Harrison, Elaine Magliaro, Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, Hope Anita Smith, Carol Tanzman, Joan Bransfield Graham, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Laura Purdie Salas, Curtis Crisler, Alan Katz, Rose Horowitz, Hope Vestergaard, Jacqui Robbins,  Janet Wong, Stephanie Hemphill, Kelly Fineman, Denise Lewis Patrick, Joyce Lee Wong, Jill Corcoran & Bruce Coville.

My hope is that Dare to Dream…Change the World can spark a paradigm shift from resigned to inspired!

Winner of the 2013 Notable Books for a Global Society Award!  
This award is given by Children´s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association and is not only a tremendous honor, but also a significant factor in library collection decisions.  According to the chair, the committee "... really appreciated the uniqueness of this book and the contribution it makes toward global and diverse children's literature."

Dare to Dream...Change the Worlds was chosen as a 2013 California Reading Association’s Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Honor Award Book!
The California Reading Association Eureka Award celebrates and honors nonfiction children’s books and assists teachers, librarians, and parents in identifying outstanding nonfiction books for their students and children.

Publishers Weekly
Inspired by coverage of the 2011 uprising in Egypt, literary agent Corcoran gathers 30 poems from Lee Bennett Hopkins, Alan Katz, Joyce Sidman, and others. Themes of social justice and possibility run through the poems, with roughly half paying stirring tribute to activists, artists, and iconoclasts, from Anne Frank and Jonas Salk to Steven Spielberg and the founders of YouTube. Jepson’s crisp collagelike illustrations present a gently textured backdrop. Julia Durango’s ode to author/illustrator Ashley Bryan is paired with a powerful evocation of the notion of grace by Tracie Vaughan Zimmer (“It’s bitter words swallowed/ before they push past/ the gates of angry lips”). Bruce Coville’s closing poem, “Ripples,” reads like a call to action: “No one acts in isolation/ And no act leaves the world the same./ Words and gestures ripple outward,/ What shores they reach we cannot name.” All ages. (Mar.)

Children's Literature - Beverley Faher
The thirty poems in this anthology are inspired by the lives of those who through a discovery, invention, or dedication to a craft changed the world. And so you have a poems to celebrate Jonas Salk and the development of the polio vaccine, Michelle Kwan's efforts to attain Olympic gold, Temple Grandin whose unique mind conceived of a method to herd cattle, Christa McAuliffe whose dream to teach from space was so tragically snatched from her, and Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim and their vision of YouTube as a way of sharing videos online. Contributors include Alice Schertle, Marilyn Singer, Denise Lewis Patrick, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Jane Yolen and J. Patrick Lewis. Brief biographical information is provided and incorporated into the handsome illustrations thus making it nonintrusive. This is an impressive collection to share with children and encourage them to dare to dream.

Sign up for A PATH TO PUBLISHING online face-to-face writing workshops. Wether you choose the NOVEL TRACK or the PICTURE BOOK TRACK, our goal is ensure you understand concept, plotting, character development, scene development, action and emotional arc development, as well has how to pitch your work to agents, editors, and readers.

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