ABOUT MATT FORREST ESENWINE

  • Matt’s debut picture book, Flashlight Night (Boyd’s Mills & Kane, 2017), received multiple positive reviews including a starred review from Kirkus, and was selected by the NY Public Library as one of the “100 Best Books for Kids 2017.” His second picture book, Don’t Ask a Dinosaur (Pow! Kids, 2018), co-written with Deborah Bruss, was praised by Booklist for its “rollicking rhyme” and was chosen by NH Parenting magazine as a 2018 Summer Reading List suggestion.

    His next two books were pubished within nearly a month from each other: Elliot the Eart-Shaped Frog (Rainstorm Publishing, Jan. 26, 2021), a board book, was followed by Once Upon Another Time (Beaming Books, March 2, 2021), co-written with Charles Ghigna (aka, Father Goose). As of this writing, Matt has 8 additional books scheduled for release between 2021-2023.

    Meanwhile, his children’s poetry can be found in numerous anthologies including Lee Bennett Hopkins’ Night Wishes (Eerdmans, 2020), School People and Construction People (Wordsong, 2018 / 2020), and I Am Someone Else (Charlesbridge, 2019); J. Patrick Lewis’ The National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry and The Poetry of US (National Geographic, 2015 / 2018); and Kenn Nesbitt’s One Minute Til Bedtime (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016), among others, as well as “Highlights for Children” magazine. 

    Matt has also had several adult poems published in various independent collections and journals around the country including the Donald Hall
    tribute anthology,
    Except for Love
    (Encircle, 2019). In 2012 his poem, “Apple-Stealing,” was nominated for a
    Pushcart Prize and in 2019 he was the recipient of the MacGregor Poetry Prize,
    coordinated by the Robert Frost Farm board of trustees and Derry (NH) Public
    Library. 

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