Students - I have been very lucky to meet many many teachers this summer. My work takes me to different places where I have the good fortune to learn about different people and different classrooms and different ideas from teachers of all different grades. Lots of times, I find myself wishing that I could be in school again, to have the chance to have this teacher or that one. And one of the things that always strikes me the most is how a teacher can make a student feel, and how these feelings help or hurt our learning.
This poem dedicated to teachers, teachers who are all also beginning or almost-beginning school, just like you. Teachers who stay in our hearts, teachers who whisper in our ears even when we are all grown up.
And this poem is also dedicated to you, to students. May your first day of school - and the days that follow - fill your minds and hearts and souls with goodness.
Like you, I have had many teachers in my life, and each one has made me a little bit of who I am. This summer, one of my teachers (one I have never met) is award-winning author and our Children's Poet Laureate Jacqueline Woodson. I am reading every single one of her books to help me learn both about life and about writing. And what a teacher she is! Two of her books that I am thinking about today, LOCOMOTION and PEACE, LOCOMOTION exquisitely explore, among other things, the power of teachers.
I cannot recommend highly enough all Jacqueline Woodson's books. They are making me a better person, and I hope, a better writer too.
I am happy to share that my forthcoming EVERY DAY BIRDS, with beautiful cut paper illustrations by Dylan Metrano and published by Scholastic in both English and bilingual editions, is available (English only) for pre-order on Amazon. The publication date is February 23, 2016.
Tabatha is hosting today's grand Poetry Friday roundup over at The Opposite of Indifference. Visit her place to check out the poetry happenings all around the Kidlitosphere this week. We're a warm and welcoming community, and everyone is invited!
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