By Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by Chris Soentpiet
Amazing, your face.
Whatever we feel—whether happy or sad, excited or wishful, proud or lonely—our faces mirror our emotions. In this contemporary yet timeless collection, sixteen evocative poems are brought to life in diverse and detailed faces that reveal the universal feelings we all share. Girls and boys, women and men invite us to experience their world, understand their lives, and find the connections that bring us together.
Poet Lee Bennett Hopkins gathers these insightful works from an impressive array of authors, including Joseph Bruchac, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Nikki Grimes, Pat Mora, Carole Boston Weatherford, Janet S. Wong, Jane Yolen, and more. Glowing illustrations created by Chris Soentpiet infuse the verses with atmosphere and exquisite settings. Readers of all ages will want to feast their eyes on these captivating poems and pictures again and again.
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Guest Blog: The Stories behind the Poems
About the Creators
is an acclaimed poet and writer, and has created numerous poetry anthologies for young readers. He is the recipient of the 2009 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, which honors his body of work, and founder of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award and the Lee Bennett Hopkins/IRA Promising Poet Award. Hopkins’s books have won many honors, including ALA Notable Children’s Books, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, Children’s Choices, American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, Christopher Award, and New York Public Library Best Children’s Books. He lives in Cape Coral, Florida.
Photo: Charles J. Egita
is the illustrator of several highly praised picture books. Awards he has won include Original Art Show Gold Medal, NAACP Image Award, ALA Notable Children’s Books, Texas Bluebonnet Award Masterlist, Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and Notable Books for a Global Society. Soentpiet also promotes children’s literature and the arts at schools, libraries, and conferences across the United States. In Amazing Faces, he has indulged his interest in painting faces of people of different backgrounds. Soentpiet lives with his wife and their two children in the New York City area. Visit him online at soentpiet.com.