THE BEST OF TODAY'S LITTLE DITTY 2016

Selected by Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
Illustrated by Teresa Robeson
Publisher: Igoo Island Press, 2017

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Today’s Little Ditty is more than a children’s poetry blog, it’s a poetry playground. Each month, a lively community of writers, teachers, librarians, and poetry-appreciators gathers to take part in the Ditty of the Month Club (DMC). Writing to prompts by successful authors and editors, they participate for the camaraderie, and for the joy and craft of writing poetry.

In THE BEST OF TODAY’S LITTLE DITTY: 2016, nine “ditty” challenges by contemporary children’s authors, including Jane Yolen, David L. Harrison, Marilyn Singer, Kenn Nesbitt, Douglas Florian, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, and others, have inspired these 75 poems, deemed “best” by their peers. They range from lighthearted to thought-provoking and appeal to a wide audience, from children to adults. 

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reviews

JANET WONG, POET & PUBLISHER

How to build your skills as a children’s poet? Read anthologies! THE BEST OF TODAY’S LITTLE DITTY is a great tutorial because each section contains several poems written from the same prompt. Maybe you’ll find the best thing of all: that you write like no one other than yourself.

 

— Janet Wong, children’s poet and co-creator of THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY and POETRY FRIDAY POWER BOOK series

JANE YOLEN, AUTHOR & POET

Sometimes a poet needs a bit of smooth transition into another poem, sometimes a kick to the rear. Today’s Little Ditty supplies both. This goes for old poets as well as new!

 

— Jane Yolen, multi-award-winning author of more than 365 books