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Celebrating April’s National Poetry Month with Candlewick Press + Children’s Books Prize Pack Giveaway!

Celebrating April’s National Poetry Month with Candlewick Press + Children’s Books Prize Pack Giveaway!


This post was sponsored by Candlewick Press. All views and opinions are my own. 

Spring is finally here and in celebration of this beautiful new season and April’s National Poetry month, I’m inviting everyone to check out these wonderful children’s books from one of my top favorite book publishers, Candlewick Press!

Out Of Wonder

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

By Kwame Alexander and Chris Colderley, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

ISBN: 9780763680947 / March 2017 / Ages 8-12 / 56 Pages

“Powerhouse poet Alexander, along with friends Colderley and Wentworth, offers a culturally rich collection of poetic tributes that extends the legacies of poets from around the globe…This book is sure to be an educator’s lucky charm for a survey-of-poetry unit and is also a perfect entryway for families to wonder and explore together. Brief notes introduce the three sections, and thumbnail biographies of the poets celebrated are appended. A magnificent exploration of the poetic imagination.” —Kirkus Reviews

Out of gratitude for the poet’s art form, Newbery Award–winning author and poet Kwame Alexander, along with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, present original poems that pay homage to twenty famed poets who have made the authors’ hearts sing and their minds wonder. Stunning mixed-media images by Ekua Holmes, winner of a Caldecott Honor and a John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award, complete the celebration and invite the reader to listen, wonder, and perhaps even pick up a pen. Listen to Out of Wonder author Kwame Alexander speak about inspiring a new generation of poets on NPR.

A Song About Myself

A Song About Myself

By Chris Raschka

ISBN:  9780763650902 / March 2017 / Ages 6-9 / 40 Pages

“Raschka fittingly dedicates this edition to his own sister, and his endpapers make connections across time and space, too: a collapsed map imagines the islands of New York City abutting those of Scotland. It’s an enchanting and intimate glimpse of the distant, anthologized Keats as a conversational letter writer who once “stood in his shoes/ And… wonder’d” at his world.” —Publisher’s Weekly

English poet John Keats is remembered for his great odes and sonnets — making this lighthearted, little-known poem a special treat. As written in a letter to his young sister when he was feeling homesick on a visit to Scotland, Keats runs his rhymes up and down and all around, leading the reader on a playful chase in and out of language and meaning while caricaturing both himself and what it means to be an aspiring poet. In perfect synchrony, the celebrated Chris Raschka illustrates Keats’s droll words with his signature vibrant, energetic watercolors.

To Stay Alive

To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party

By Skila Brown

ISBN: 9780763678111 / October 2016 / Ages 10-14 / 304 Pages

“In this compelling verse novel, Brown  imagines the Donner Party’s harrowing survival tale as experienced by nineteen-year-old Mary Ann Graves, a real-life member of the expedition… fascinating back matter (including a photograph of Mary Ann taken thirty years after the book’s events) fills in historical details and separates fact from fiction. A nuanced and haunting portrayal of the indomitable human spirit.” —Horn Book

The journey west by wagon train promises to be long and arduous for nineteen-year-old Mary Ann Graves and her parents and eight siblings. Yet she is hopeful about their new life in California: freedom from the demands of family, maybe some romance, better opportunities for all. But when winter comes early to the Sierra Nevada and their group gets a late start, the Graves family, traveling alongside the Donner and Reed parties, must endure one of the most harrowing and storied journeys in American history. Amid the pain of loss and the constant threat of death from starvation or cold, Mary Ann’s is a narrative, told beautifully in verse, of a girl learning what it means to be part of a family, to make sacrifices for those we love, and above all to persevere.

Wake Up!

Wake Up!

By Helen Frost, photographs by Rick Lieder

ISBN: 9780763681494 / March 2017 / Ages 3-7 / 32 Pages

« “Lieder again demonstrates that he is not only a master of catching light where it falls, but capturing intimate moments only the most patient of observers would notice…Frost notes “New life is everywhere — / open your eyes.” Descriptive endnotes lend additional context to the species on display. Stunning as ever: another irresistible imperative from Frost and Lieder to get up and out into nature.” —Kirkus Reviews

Wake up! Come out and explore all the new creatures being born — just-hatched birds in the trees, tadpoles in the pond, a baby fawn in the woods. In their latest collaboration, poet Helen Frost and photographer Rick Lieder, the creators of Step Gently Out, Sweep Up the Sun, and Among a Thousand Fireflies, invite readers to wake up, open their eyes, and see the awe-inspiring array of new life just outside their door.

Step Gently Out

Step Gently Out

By Helen Frost, photographs by Rick Lieder

ISBN: 9780763656010 / March 2012 / Ages 2-5 / 32 Pages

« “Captivating photography gives readers a close-up view of the world of insects, as described by a gently contemplative poem… The words and images achieve a Zenlike calm that also hints at the complicated web of life unfolding all around.” —Publishers Weekly

What would happen if you walked very, very quietly and looked ever so carefully at the natural world outside? You might see a cricket leap, a moth spread her wings, or a spider step across a silken web. In simple, evocative language, Helen Frost offers a hint at the many tiny creatures around us. And in astonishing close-up photographs, Rick Lieder captures the glint of a katydid’s eye, the glow of a firefly, and many more living wonders just awaiting discovery. Fascinating facts about all the creatures pictured may be found at the end.

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Among a Thousand Fireflies

By Helen Frost, photographs by Rick Lieder

ISBN: 9780763676421 / March 2016 / Ages 3-7 / 32 Pages

« “In Frost and Lieder’s third exploration of tiny creatures taken for granted in the natural world they top themselves, lyrically centering on a firefly’s search for a mate. Again, Frost’s spare poem weds seamlessly with Lieder’s transfixing photography…Another thrilling collaboration, showing children of all ages that even Earth’s littlest creatures long for connection.”—Kirkus Reviews

On a summer evening, just as the stars blink on, a firefly lands on a flower. Lights start to flash all around her — first one, then three, seven. Hundreds. Thousands. How will she find just one flash among them? And will he see her flash in return? In evocative photographs and lyrical language, Rick Lieder and Helen Frost, creators of the critically acclaimed Step Gently Out and Sweep Up the Sun, offer a true story of how two fireflies come together after finding each other’s light among thousands of others.


One lucky Hip Mama’s Place reader will win a set of six (6) books listed above from Candlewick Press!  Contest ends on April 16, 2017 at 11:59PM, EST.  Enter to win through the Rafflecopter widget below!

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  1. Linda
    04/12/2017 / 11:30 pm

    I really like A Song about Myself. My son loves poetry. When we recite it to him he gets up to dance. National Poetry Month is great.

  2. Susan
    04/12/2017 / 2:11 pm

    One thing I noticed right away is the colorful covers of the books. They just seem to have a peaceful theme. I especially love books of poetry, so I am really interested in that book.

  3. Donna B
    04/11/2017 / 11:42 pm

    I love these books, great for bedtime stories. Poetry is a love of mine. I have boxes and boxes of them my dad wrote and I love them.

  4. 04/11/2017 / 10:04 pm

    I’ve been meaning to find more poetry books for my older daughter. She seems to enjoy it. I bet these are all great!

  5. Angela Ingles
    04/10/2017 / 12:08 pm

    Helen Frost is one of our favorites. All these books look great! We try to read at least one poem a day. 🙂

  6. Natalie U
    04/10/2017 / 3:44 am

    I love that you are hosting a really great giveaway. I can’t believe how many people, let alone children that don’t pick up an actual book and read it. We have become too obsessed with electronic devices instead of actual paper. I myself think there is nothing better than an actual book, newspaper, or magazine that I can flip, smell and touch.

  7. Jeanna Massman
    04/08/2017 / 11:21 pm

    Poetry is often a neglected genre in children’s literature. My grandson would love these.

  8. Karen Propes
    04/07/2017 / 9:01 pm

    I think they will be a great addition to my Grandkids Library. They all look so interesting you have picked outs some great titles.

  9. Heidi C.
    04/06/2017 / 7:14 pm

    What a lovely set of books. They seem like ones that would be timeless in nature and perfect to be enjoyed by any ages.

  10. Kayla Klontz
    04/06/2017 / 2:04 am

    I think my children would love all of these books. I always look for books my children not only have fun with, but learn from as well!

  11. heather s
    04/06/2017 / 1:58 am

    I love the photographs and the detail. They look like they would be educational and the poetry would be interesting.

  12. Colleen Inman
    04/05/2017 / 2:21 pm

    I think this collection of books looks great! My 8-year-old daughter loves poetry and enjoys reading poems out loud from time to time.

  13. Natalia Gonzalez
    04/05/2017 / 4:52 am

    I really like this books. I am a homeschool mom and my daughter right now is reading poetry. Definitely this would be awesome..she loves to read and she is also writing her own poetry. This books titles sound interesting.Thanks for the opportunity.

  14. Kimmie B.
    04/05/2017 / 1:27 am

    I think National Poetry Month is a great idea. I have fond memories of learning about different types of poetry and the authors in elementary school. These books would hold my kids’ interest and I love the pictures.

  15. Susan Smith
    04/03/2017 / 10:39 pm

    These look like interesting books. I know my daughter would love them especially the book Wake Up as she loves pictures of animals.

  16. 04/03/2017 / 5:49 pm

    I think they are very nice! They would be a gift for my cousin to enjoy.

  17. Kelly D
    04/03/2017 / 1:40 pm

    I like the nature themes of many of these books. I think it is a good way for kids to think about the world around them and maybe be encouraged to write.

  18. Fiona N
    04/03/2017 / 10:18 am

    I think that these books from Candlewick Press are so beautiful and great to read with the kids.I would love to win them for my nieces and son!
    Thank You

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