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Lee Bennett Hopkins Announces Winner of Poetry Award


The winner of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award is HIDDEN CITY: POEMS OF URBAN WILDLIFE by Sarah Grace Tuttle, illustrated by Amy Schimler-Safford (Eerdmans, 2018). 



Celebrated poet and anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins describes his selection:

“In this stunning debut, illustrated with extraordinary collage paintings, Tuttle explores where nature thrives in cities. “A dandelion…opens its yellow face/to the sun-/growing up wild/at the base/of a bus-stop bench”; “At night, snails/ ooze from under/ pots, rocks, porches, leaves” and “garden snakes sun themselves/by a graffitied wall”.

“Fun Facts About Wildlife In These Poems” are included for readers get to know a little bit more about fairy ring mushrooms, acorn moths, a bat breakfast, a sunflower buffet and twenty-four other creatures that dwell in hidden cities. Visit Tuttle’s website at”

Tuttle will receive a $1,000 grant to encourage her career in poetry. 

The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award is given every three years to an excellent book of poetry for children and/or young adults. For information on how to apply, click here.