Well, it finally happened.
I Am Today (POW! Kids Books) was officially published this past Tuesday!
Children are always being told they are the “Future”…but what if a child doesn’t want to wait, to make a difference? I Am Today is about a young girl who recognizes a need to take action, but also recognizes that she needn’t wait to take that action.
Many thanks to all the wonderful bloggers
who have shared their opinions about
I AM TODAY:
- “An evocative story of a young girl standing up for what she believes in.”
Roxanne Troup, GoodReads with Ronna
- “Flawless rhymes and stunning illustrations…A wonderful book that should be in every home, classroom and library!”
The Momma Spot / Future Bookworms
- “An inspirational and motivational story about a young girl who is acting TODAY rather than waiting for the future to make change”
Little Book Locker
- “This inspiring, heartfelt picture book literally gave me goosebumps with its hopeful message.”
Marianne Knowles, author and STEM Curriculum Coordinator at the Museum of Science, Boston
- “[The book] brings to mind that every child is unique and has a VOICE. Hopefully, it will find cozy corners in bedrooms and reading/writing stations in classrooms.”
Carol Varsalona, literacy advocate and Wonder Lead Ambassador for Wonderopolis
- “An absolute delight…Love, love, love it!”
Brian Gehrlein, author of THE BOOK OF RULES (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2022)
Learn more about the book and read reviews at the “I Am Today” Blog Tour:
- Nov. 14: Unleashing Readers
- Nov. 29: You May Contribute a Verse
- Nov. 30: Picture Book Spotlight
- Dec. 2: Celebrate Picture Books
- Dec. 3: Beyond Literacy Link
- Dec. 4: Vivian Kirkfield’s “Will Write for Cookies”
- Dec. 7: Writer’s Rumpus
- Dec. 20: Maria C. Marshall’s “Picture Book Buzz”
- Dec. 24: Maria C. Marshall’s “Perfect Picture Book Friday”
- Jan. 4: Future Bookworms (Instagram) / The Momma Spot (blog)
- Jan. 19: PB22Peekaboo
- Feb. 10: GoodReads with Ronna
Order a PERSONALLY-SIGNED copy of I AM TODAY from my local independent bookstore today!
Sea turtles play a big role in the story. In fact, readers can even learn how to make their own origami sea turtles – just like the main character makes – using instructions included at the end of the book! So as I was preparing this week’s post, I thought about how I could incorporate sea turtles into a Poetry Friday post about my new book.
And then the poem just came to me…
sea turtle tanka
under sea salt moon
you pull yourself from fierce waves
with lumbering grace,
climb above the high tide line;
a family left in sand
– © 2022 Matt F. Esenwine, all rights reserved
In case you do not know, this poem form is a tanka – a Japanese form similar to a haiku, although it actually predates haiku. The syllabic structure, in English-language terms, is 5-7-5-7-7, although one needn’t follow this religiously as our syllables are not exactly the same thing as Japanese syllables. But for simplicity’s sake, I stuck with the structure.
Hope you like it! And I hope you’ll check out I Am Today, as well! For all of today’s Poetry Friay links and fun, head over to Kat Apel’s blog Kat’s Whiskers, where she is celebrating the release of her newest verse novel, What Snail Knows (University of Queensland Press)!
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Thank you to everyone for your support!
- NY Public Library’s “100 Best Book for Kids 2017” AND “Staff Pick!”
- KIRKUS Starred review!
- Kansas NEA Reading Circle Recommended Books!
- “Best Reads of 2017,” Unleashing Readers
- Finalist, 2019 New Hampshire Literary Awards
- Positive reviews from Horn Book, School Library Connection, School Library Connection, Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, and Shelf-Awareness!
DON’T ASK A DINOSAUR:
- “Rollicking rhyme!” – Booklist
- “A wild romp!” – Parenting NH Magazine
- “Cute…intriguing…4 out of 5 stars” – Tulsa Book Review
- “Rhythmic…funny and informative” – Unleashing Readers
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10 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “I Am Today” is officially everywhere – and so are sea turtles!”
Such lovely rhythm and rhyme in your embracing of Today, Matt. And I do love the premise for the book. The future is important – but we must first live today. And let kids be kids.
Incidentally, we are not far from Mon Repos turtle rookery – have delighted in seeing mama turtles, and then their hatchlings, too. In fact, turtles (and hatchlings) make an appearance in ‘What Snail Knows’. Congratulations on your new book! Lovely to share release week with you.
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Thank you so much, Kat – and congrats again, I wish you success with the book!
Hooray! At last how wonderful for your book to be out in the world.
Your book reminds me of pictures a friend sent me of newly hatched sea turtles in Malta. A volunteer group helps the turtles that are buried too deeply in the sand make it to the sea. If we all do something, wherever we are, what a difference we can make around the world. Thanks for sharing this inspiring book with us.
I love the turtle tanka, and I love the message of this book. I hope it will inspire children around the world to feel empowered to take action to support the causes they care about.
Thank you, Elisabeth. I do hope kids & caregivers alike will recognize that the size of the change is not as important as the willingness to implement it.
Matt, Congratulations on your new book release! I love sea turtles and we saw so many green sea turtles during our recent trip to Maui, it made me feel that conservation efforts regarding turtles have been successful to some extent! Enriching and empowering youth – what could be a better topic for a book?! Congrats, again!
Thanks so much, I apprecaiate that!
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I can’t wait to check out “I am Today.” I sounds perfect for my school library. Congratulations on the launch!
Thank you, Marcie! I hope students see themselves in the book.
YAY! YAY! Congratulations on I AM TODAY! Looking forward to having this story in my lap! And thank you for your Tanka, too! Smiles all around (in addition to turtles). 🙂
Thank you so much, Patricia!