ANNOUNCEMENT: I’ve completed my December Word of the Month poem and will post it tomorrow.

Hi everyone,
Yesterday got the week off to a good start. I learned that NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T has received an NCTE 2017 Notable Poetry Books Award for Excellence in Children’s Poetry. I’m delighted and honored. This is the third time in my last five offerings this has happened. My congratulations to all the honorees. Here’s the full list.

Are You An Echo?: The lost poetry of Misuzu Kaneko. David Jacobson. Illus. by Toshikado Hajiri. 2016. Chin Music Press

Before Morning. Joyce Sidman. Illus. by Beth Krommes. 2016. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Echo Echo: reverso poems about myths. Marilyn Singer. Illus. by Josee Masse. 2016. Dial Books for Young Readers

Emily Dickinson: poetry for kids. Emily Dickinson. Illus. by Christine Davenier. 2016. MoonDance

Every Day Birds. Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. Illus. by Dylan Metrano. 2016. Orchard Books/Scholastic

Freedom in Congo Square. Carole Boston Weatherford. Illus. by Gregory R. Christie. 2016. Little Bee Books/Simon & Schuster

Fresh Delicious: poems from the Farmers’ Market. Irene Latham. Illus. by Mique Moriuchi. 2016. Wordson/Highlights

Guess Who, Haiku. Deanna Caswell. Illus. by Bob Shea. 2016. Abrams Appleseed

Jazz Day: the making of a famous photograph. Roxane Orgill . Illus. by Francis Vallejo. 2016. Candlewick Press.

Night Guard. Synne Lea. Illus. by Stian Hole. 2016. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.

Now You See Them, Now You Don’t: poems about creatures that hide. David L. Harrison. Illus. by Giles Laroche. 2016. Charlesbridge

One Toda: the inaugural poem for President Barack Obama. Richard Blanco. Illus. by Dav Pilkey. 2015. Little, Brown and Company

One Minute Till Bedtime: 60-second poems to send you off to sleep. Kenn Nesbitt. Illus. by Christoph Niemann. 2016. Little, Brown and Company

A Poem of Peter: the story of Ezra Jack Keats and the creation of The snowy day. Andrea Davis Pinkney. Illus. by Lou Fancher. 2016. Viking/Penguin

Somos Como Las Nubes/We are like the clouds. Jorge Argueta. Illus. by Alfonso Ruano. Translated by Elisa Amado. 2016. Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press

Wet Cement: a mix of concrete poems. Bob Raczka. 2016. Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan

When Green Becomes Tomatoes. Julie Fogliano. Illus. by Julie Morstad. 2016. Roaring Brook Press/ Macmillan

When the Sun Shines on Antarctica: and other poems about the frozen continent. Irene Latham. Illus. by Anna Wadham. 2016. Millbrook Press/Lerner

The White Cat and the Monk: a retelling of the poem “Pangur Ban.” Jo Ellen Bogart. Illus. by Sydney Smith. 2016. Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press

You Just Wait: A poetry Friday power book. Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. 2016. Pomelo Books