How can we make the world a better place? This inspiring resource for middle-grade readers is organized as a dictionary; each entry presents a word related to creating a better world, such as ally, empathy,or respect. For each word, there is a poem, a quote from an inspiring person, a personal anecdote from the authors, and a "try it" prompt for an activity.
This second poetic collaboration from Irene Latham and Charles Waters builds upon themes of diversity and inclusiveness from their previous book Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship.Illustrations from Iranian-British artist Mehrdokht Amini offer readers a rich visual experience.
About the Author
Irene Lathamis the author of more than a dozen current and forthcoming works of poetry, fiction, and picture books, including Charlotte Huck Honor BookCan I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship(co-written with Charles Waters). Winner of the 2016 ILA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award, she became obsessed with octopuses after readingThe Soul of an Octopusby Sy Montgomery. Just like Agnes, she enjoys sending―and receiving―postcards. Visit her at www.irenelatham.com.
Charles Watersis a children's poet, actor, and co-author of Charlotte Huck Honor BookCan I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship. His poems have appeared in various anthologies includingOne Minute Till BedtimeandThe National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry. Charles performs his one-person show as well as conducts poetry performance and writing workshops for elementary and middle school audiences. He lives in New York City.
Mehrdokht Aminiis an Iranian-born children's book illustrator. She has been nominated for a Kate Greenaway Medal and been invited to participate in the prestigious Bratislava Biennial of Illustrations. She lives in the UK.