Last week, we received our much-anticipated book of poetry, Dare to Dream...Change the World, edited by my fabulous agent Jill Corcoran.
I'd gotten a glimpse of the beautiful illustrations earlier, so we were pleased that the book is large (!), and the pictures fill the entire page.
Usborne books describes the collection like this: From Jonas Salk to Steven Spielberg, the subjects of these
biographical-inspired poems invented something, said something, stood
for something, did something, changed something. They dared to dream.
of our nation's most prestigious poets focus their creative vision on
people who not only changed their own lives, but the lives of people all
over the world.
Jill Corcoran J. Patrick Lewis Alice Schertle David L. Harrison Jane Yolen Joan Bransfield Graham Ellen Hopkins Georgia Heard Hope Anita Smith Elaine Magliaro Curtis L. Crisler Janet S. Wong Denise Lewis Patrick Joyce Lee Wong Jacqui Robbins Julia Durango Tracie Vaughn Zimmer Lisa Wheeler Hope Vestergaard Carol M. Tanzman Stephanie Hemphill Alan Katz Lee Bennett Hopkins Marilyn Singer Rebecca Kai Dotlich Joyce Sidman Rose Horowitz Bruce Coville Kelly Ramsdell Fineman Laura Purdie Salas
My 9-year-old son is a bit crazy about YouTube videos and begs me to search for funny videos. (I always supervise, of course.) So it's no surprise to me that one of his favorite poems in Dare to Dream...Change the World is inspired by YouTube's co-founding geniuses Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim: "Just Like That," by Laura Purdie Salas.
Although he stumbled a little on "from Omaha to Seoul," you can tell he loves the rhythm of this poem:
It's a beautiful book. Congrats, Jill!
UPDATE: I can't believe I didn't mention in original post the illustrator: J. Beth Jepson. The poems are only half of this book. The other half, the illustrations, are gorgeous. We love the way the poems are placed ON the illustrations. (Had to share this wonderful and important detail!)