Texas Bluebonnet

Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to have my most recent book of poems, THE DIRT BOOK, selected for the 2023-2024 Texas Bluebonnet Master List. The announcement was made today. The book is wonderfully illustrated by KATE COSGROVE and published by Holiday House.

Previous recognitions for THE DIRT BOOK include:

  • Named as one of eleven “Can’t Miss” poetry books on “2021 Poetry: Versification for the Masses,” for School Library Journal, 2021
  • Art from the book displayed in New York City at The Society of Illustrators “Original Art” exhibit. This exhibit showcases original art from the year’s best children’s books as determined by a jury of outstanding illustrators, art directors, and editors.⁠
  • 2022 Notable Books: NCTE’s 21 Best Poetry and Verse Novels for Kids
  • Named by New York City Public Libraries as one of the six best books of children’s poetry published in 2021. Three of the poets are from Argentina, Chili, and Haiti.
  • Named by National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to its 2022 list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12.
  • On master list of finalists for the state of Kansas Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award.