Buy When I Coloured in the World
This poem takes a philosophical look at the world through the eyes of a young child. It explores reality through color as symbols of hope, joy, positivity, and peace. In a quasi-metafictional turn, the young narrator is empowered to use crayons to rub out negative words like hunger and crying and color in happy things, such as blue skies, silver rain, and green wheat.
Starting in 1977, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Excellence in Children’s Poetry Award was created to recognize the work of outstanding poets who write for children. The award has evolved, and now, in addition to naming an outstanding poet every two years, the committee selects an annual notable poetry and novels in verse list.
This year, members of the committee are pleased to recognize 28 outstanding books of poetry and 11 novels in verse. Each of the books selected was published in 2019. Read and evaluated by every committee member, these titles were deemed notable for their use of language and poetic devices and their appropriateness for children ages three to 13. The form or structure of the poems was evaluated to ensure that the mood or subject matter was well represented. The selections include a biography in lyrical verse, hybrid works of poetry and informational text, and innovative collections. In some cases, these are newly published poems, while other titles include works of classic or contemporary children’s poets that are newly illustrated or edited into a fresh collection.
- Watch this video to learn more about illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi
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- A review by Jill Bennett. Link
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