Of course, I couldn't pick just one. As Election Day approaches, I'm grateful for people who stick their necks out, contribute their time and energy, and work to make the world a better place. (Note that I'm speaking for myself here and not necessarily for any other Teaching Authors.)
Authors & Illustrators for Children, an organization of more than 1200 children’s book creators committed to vote, campaign, and speak out for candidates who will create a safe, healthy, and inspired future for children everywhere.
Are you Facebook friends with authors? Read their posts to find out how they are involved. Christine Taylor-Butler, Marilyn Nelson, Ilsa Bick, and our own Bobbi offer their thoughtful analyses of news articles based on fact, not opinion. Carol Munro volunteers at a polling station. Shana Corey and Kendra Levin work to Get Out The Vote.
In "Election Reflections & Caring for Your Creative Heart," Cynthia Leitich Smith writes about participating in the election "in a way that preserves, reflects and/or affirms your creative life." Deborah Underwood and Jacqueline Woodson offer encouragement to those of us who are overwhelmed by the negativity in this campaign.
These are just the authors whose posts I've noticed in the past few days. I know there are many others who care and give and help. Feel free to add their names in the comments if you want to recognize their contributions.
Here's an excerpt from a powerful Election Day poem, "Let America Be America Again" by Langston Hughes.
O, let America be America again—If you haven't already done so, please vote!
The land that never has been yet—
And yet must be—the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine—the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME—
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.
Rosi H. is our winner in the 2017 Children's Writer's and Illustrators Book Giveaway. Congratulations, Rosi!
Be sure to enter our current Book Giveaway for a chance to win a copy of Toby by Hazel Mitchell and a swag bag filled with all sorts of Toby goodies.
Today's Poetry Friday Roundup is at Laura Purdie Salas's Writing the World for Kids. Enjoy!
JoAnn Early Macken