2019 NCTE/CLA Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts
“Lithe, immersive verse, voiced in the first person, inspires children to find solace, joy, and power in their handiwork...Poetry sparks an irresistible, primal urge to twist, cut, paint, draw, glue, carve, whittle, daub, tie, hammer, to simply make.”
“An effective medley of concept, poetry, and artwork. Hand this title directly to elementary school art teachers.”
—School Library Journal
“Every poem is an invitation to get creative—the book is an obvious springboard into collaging, painting, baking, piñata making, and other activities at home or at school.”
WITH MY HANDS
With My Hands: Poems About Making Things
by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
illustrated by Lou Fancher & Steve Johnson
For young makers and artists, brief, lively poems illustrated by a NYT bestselling duo celebrate the pleasures of working with your hands.
Quilter Nancy Smith made this quilt to accompany the poems from WITH MY HANDS for the Kenan Quilters’ Guild Storybook Quilts Project. I loved it so much, she allowed me to purchase it and made another for the guild.