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With My Hands
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2019 NCTE Notable Poetry Book

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.”

—Publishers Weekly



With My Hands: Poems About Making Things

by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

illustrated by Lou Fancher & Steve Johnson

ISBN-10: 0544313402

ISBN-13: 9780544313408

For Teachers


Find resources and connections to pair with WITH MY HANDS at School Library Journal HERE.

One Page Maker Guide HERE

For young makers and artists, brief, lively poems illustrated by a NYT bestselling duo celebrate the pleasures of working with your hands.

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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.

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