E is for Children’s Poets Matt Forrest Esenwine and David Elliott, #AtoZChallenge #ZtoA
David Elliott is an award-winning author of many picture books and novels for young people, the poetry series On the Farm, In the Wild, and In the Sea, illustrated by Holly Meade, On the Wing illustrated by Becca Stadtlander; and the author of the critically acclaimed BULL, a YA novel in verse retelling the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. His most recent poetry picture book In the Past, illustrated by Matthew Trueman, chronicles life on earth from the Cambrian to the present geologic era, the Quaternary. The delightful In the Past can be bought here. David’s website is here.
This is one of his gorgeous animal poems, which will be in a forthcoming book called IN THE WOODS from Candlewick Press; illustrated by Rob Dunlavey.
Your rattish snout, your naked tail
dragging on the woodland trail:
you’re not a classic beauty.
You bump along the woodland track
your babies clinging to your back:
there’s beauty, too, in duty.
© David Elliott
Matt Forrest Esenwine
Matt Forrest Esenwine
Matt Forrest Esenwine’s children’s poetry can be found in numerous anthologies including J. Patrick Lewis’ The National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2015), Kenn Nesbitt’s One Minute till Bedtime (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016), and Lee Bennett Hopkins’ School People (Boyds Mills Press, 2018), as well as Highlights for Kids magazine. Meanwhile, his debut picture book, Flashlight Night (Boyds Mills Press, 2017), has received much critical praise. Born just outside of Baltimore, MD, Matt lives in Warner, NH with his wife and kids. His website is here, blog here and Twitter here.
Here is one of his lovely poems:
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Thank you so much for including us today, Liz!
Absolute pleasure, Matt – the main focus is on Poetry Roundabout, http://www.poetryroundabout.com, where the A-Z will remain forever up the top, but I’ve put everything here, too, as this is where I usually do the A-z, so people know it!