Poetry Friday: “The Child Who”

Today’s poem came about while I was putting together my newest picture book, I Am Today (POW! Kids Books), which officially arrives Nov. 30.

While it doesn’t show up anywhere in the book, the poem’s words helped me focus on what the book was about – namely, showing kids they have the ability to affect change now, rather than waiting to be “The Future,” as we grown-ups often tell them.

As it turns out, the poem is very fitting, as POW! Kids Books and I have put together a special opportunity for schools, libraries, and home school groups to get to learn more about the book on the day before World Children’s Day (Nov. 20):

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The Child Who

…seeks the truth.
The child who lends a hand.
The child who shares concern.
The child who takes a stand.

The child who knows their strength.
The child who knows their worth.
These are the ones to forge
their paths upon the Earth.

© 2021 Matt F. Esenwine, all rights reserved

I hope you like the poem, and if you or someone you know wants to take advantage of this opportunity, please contact me as soon as possible! For today’s complete Poetry Friday roundup, head over to wee words for wee ones, where Bridget Magee is getting a lot of atTENtion with her very first poetry anthology, 10•10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 Different Ways!



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20 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “The Child Who”

  1. Elisabeth

    What a wonderful poem, Matt. I particularly love the hopeful message and the emphasis in your new book on making a difference NOW. How we talk about issues like climate change and social justice is so important – a discussion can leave young people feeling discouraged and powerless, or engaged and empowered to make an impact on the issues they care about.


  2. lindabaie

    Your message for kids is needed, Matt, & I love the strong words in the poem. How wonderful to connect to World Children’s Day! My granddaughters already know that they can make a difference by helping others. Their block has a ‘sale day’ every once in a while where neighbors sell crafts, flower bundles, etc. Ingrid & Imo often create something & donate the money to a local charity, one for homeless kids. I’ll look for your book!


  3. margaretsmn

    What a great message for kids to be who they are today. I believe in what change my students can make today and we work together to make it happen.


  4. Denise Krebs

    Matt, congratulations again on this sweet book. I’m sure the great opportunity to speak with you about kindness and celebrate Children’s Day have all been claimed. What a great gift you are giving to those classes. All the best!


  5. Matt, this looks like a wonderful book for young changemakers. It is so important to give children a positive aspect on life. I will send off your graphic on Twitter to entice teachers to take advantage of your new book. If you would like, I can publicize your book at my blog since I feel this is such an uplifting book for classrooms and libraries. Can you please send me a copy. I am presenting to a couple of groups via Zoom this year so I would love to share your book.


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