Author: Miranda Paul, Joseph Bruchac, Naomi Shihab Nye, Kimberly Blaeser, 신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin, Ed DeCaria, Becky Shillington, Padma Venkatraman, Gwendolyn Hooks, Jane Yolen, Janice Scully, Charles Waters, Carole Lindstrom, Sylvia Liu, Carolyn Dee Flores, Sarvinder Naberhaus
This poetry anthology, edited by Miranda Paul, explores a wide range of ways to be grateful (from gratitude for a puppy to gratitude for family to gratitude for the sky) with poems by a diverse group of contributors, including Joseph Bruchac, Margarita Engle, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Naomi Shihab Nye, Charles Waters, and Jane Yolen.
Poems by Joseph Bruchac, Naomi Shihab Nye, Kimberly Blaeser, 신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin, Ed
DeCaria, Becky Shillington, Padma Venkatraman, Gwendolyn Hooks, Jane Yolen, Janice Scully,
Charles Waters, Carole Lindstrom, Sylvia Liu, Carolyn Dee Flores, Sarvinder Naberhaus, Lupe
Ruiz-Flores, Baptiste Paul, Cynthia Leitich-Smith, Patti Richards, Chrystal D. Giles, Margarita
Engle, Kenn Nesbitt, JaNay Brown-Wood, Diana Murray, Megan Hoyt, Jamie McGillen, Rénee
M. LaTulippe, Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Traci Sorell, Edna Cabcabin Moran, Charles Ghigna,
and Liz Garton Scanlon.
Edited by Miranda Paul
Illustrated by Marlena Myles
"Lovely lyric lessons in appreciating the ordinary."
"The poets not only select a wide array of objects inspiring gratitude...but employ incredibly varied lyric forms."
Full review: An anthology of diverse voices united by the theme of giving thanks. In her editorial debut, Paul (Nine Months: Before a Baby Is Born, 2019, etc.) pairs over 30 poems with Myles' (Spirit Lake Dakota/Mohegan/Muscokee Creek) spirited illustrations capturing favorite things for which the nearly three-dozen poets represented here are thankful. Motivated by the sentiment that gratitude should be expressed year-round, Paul collects poems as varied in form as content. The poets not only select a wide array of objects inspiring gratitude—including dimples, "Deep indents in my brown skin / Inspired by the smile bouncing upward from my toes"; an alluring "ocean rock" too perfect for skipping across the water; and the rich experience behind "each scar"—but employ incredibly varied lyric forms such as acrostic, ballad, tricube, even "math poems" ("family + friends + love = a thankful heart"). Myles' colorful digitally rendered illustrations help contextualize the poems, saturated, often abstract backgrounds complementing neatly outlined, diverse figures. While Paul's choice of contributors and Myles' depictions of characters are refreshingly inclusive, the collection succeeds more in its individual poetic efforts than an anthology as a whole. Backmatter includes a guide to the forms and devices on display, thumbnail bios of each contributor, and an author's note complicating simplistic perceptions of Thanksgiving. Lovely lyric lessons in appreciating the ordinary. (resources) (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)