Do some of you remember the book called DARE TO DREAM . . . CHANGE THE WORLD? It was edited by Jill Corcoran and illustrated by J. Beth Jepson and published by Kane Miller EDC Publishing in 2012. The book has been named Winner of the 2013 Notable Books for a Global Society Award.
According to Jill, “This award is given by Children´s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association and is not only a tremendous honor, but also a significant factor in library collection decisions. According to the chair, the committee ‘… really appreciated the uniqueness of this book and the contribution it makes toward global and diverse children’s literature.'”
The book features a number of people who have changed the world for the better, such as Jonas Salk, Temple Grandin, Martha Graham, and Steven Spielberg, and in each case two poets contributed poems about that person.
I chose a boy named Nicholas Cobb, who made national news on Make a Difference Day with his work to raise money for other kids who needed coats and other help. I had the pleasure of being paired with Jane Yolen whose thought-provoking poem, “Under the Bridge,” reminds us that those homeless people we see struggling for life are not so different from us.
Other poets in the book include Kelly Ramsdell, Janet Wong, J. Patrick Lewis, Laura Purdie Salas, curtis l. crisler, Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, Bruce Coville, Ellen Hopkins, elaine magliaro, Lisa Wheeler, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Jacqui Robbins, Carol Tanzman, Julia Durango, Joyce Sidman, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Rose Horowitz, Alice Schertle, Hope Anita Smith, Marilyn Singer, Alan Katz, Denise Lewis Patrick, Hope Vestergaard, Georgia Heard, Joyce Lee Wong and Joan Bransfield Graham.
If you haven’t ordered a copy of DARE TO DREAM, I recommend it. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dare-to-dream-change-the-world-jill-corcoran/1110617537?ean=9781610670654
To learn about an exciting Dare to Dream poetry contest for students, check this out. http://daretodreamchangetheworld.com/