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MEMEBER OF:

Honors

 

2016 SCBWI Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award

 

2014 BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS OF THE YEAR

by the Bank Street Center for Children's Literature

 

2014 GOLDEN KITE HONOR BOOK AWARD

for Picture Book Text

 

2014 CLA/NCTE Notable Children’s Book in the ELA

 

CRYSTAL KITE AWARD - Finalist

 

2013 CYBILS POETRY AWARD WINNER!

 

Chosen as one of

100 TITLES FOR READING AND SHARING

by the New York Public Library

 

Children’s Poet Laureate February 2013

BOOK PICK FOR THE POETRY FOUNDATION

Reviews

 

"Moving gracefully through the seasons, newcomer VanDerwater shares a girl's experience of what the forest has to offer."

—Publishers Weekly

 

"The imagery is fresh and original; it's accessible, too. Watercolor images of each poem's subject add

to the appeal."

—Kirkus

 

"Dip into this appealing collection for an introduction to early nature studies or poetry writing, or for generating some well-deserved enthusiasm for a stroll in the great outdoors."

—Booklist

For Teachers

 

Download 5 Page PDF

about using FOREST

as a poetry mentor text HERE.

 

Download 2013 Houghton Mifflin

Poetry Kit with ideas for

using FOREST HERE.

 

Download 3 Page PDF guide from LIBRARY SPARKS about using FOREST as a STEM resource HERE.

 

Find more teaching ideas at TeachingBooks.net

HERE.

 

Poetry Pairing at The Miss Rumphius Effect HERE.

FOREST HAS A SONG

Forest has a Song

by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

illustrated by Robbin Gourley

Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN-10: 0618843493

ISBN-13: 978-0618843497

Autographed Copies:

For signed copies of Forest Has a Song please send an e-mail to Jen Reisdorf of

The Bookworm in East Aurora, NY.  

HERE

buy:

Take a walk in the forest.  Have a chat with a chickadee, watch the fiddleheads unfurl, discover a fossil, hear what a young owl tells its mother before its first flight. Find out what the spring tree frog is really saying.  The forest is inviting you to come and visit.  The poems in this book, intimate and lighthearted, will take you there.

from J. Patrick Lewis, 2011 - 2013 Children's Poet Laureate of the United States - With her first book of children’s poetry, Ms. VanDerwater has already arrived. A compendium of lyrical observations, Forest Has a Song includes the earnest marriage proposal of one frog to another, a woodpecker typing his (w)hole poem in a tree, and April waking in a slough of assonants. Teacher alert: This is the perfect companion—and poetry prompt—for an elementary school nature walk. - Read more reviews HERE .

 

The Russell County Laker Band from Russell County, KY, took inspiration from FOREST HAS A SONG for their award-winning 2014 marching band show. Click HERE to view their performance.

Hear me read “Puff” and see a puffball below: