I’M THE BIG ONE NOW! Poems about Growing Up - A perfect gift for a new big brother or big sister

Honesdale, Pennsylvania March 2019 –  WordSong, the poetry imprint of Highlights, is pleased to announce the publication of I’M THE BIG ONE NOW! Poems about Growing Up, written by acclaimed poet Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Jana Christy.  This collection of 21 poems celebrates growing up and milestones both large and small in a young person’s life, such as learning how to whistle, riding the school bus alone, and becoming an older sibling.  The title will be released this month, just in time for Poetry Month in April.

Growing up is exciting! It’s packed with firsts like losing a tooth of visiting the ocean. It’s bursting with accomplishments like figuring out how to snap and learning to ride a bike. And it’s full of experiences like being stung by a bee and realizing that even big kids cry or holding your baby brother for the first time. This collection of poems salutes significant moments for every child and is accompanied by sweet, joyful illustrations.

Booklist says about the book: “Acclaimed poet Singer celebrates the milestones in a young child’s life… through a series of poems that, like children, are unique, at times unpredictable, and always lively. Christy’s digital illustrations in soft pastel hues reflect children and families of all races and cultures. Children are captured…full of energy and confidence.”

And Publishers Weekly adds: “Singer’s genial poems focus on childhood milestones…Christy illustrates in cheerful, jewel-toned digital spreads, capturing Singer’s relatable moments of frustration, progress, and pride.” 

I'M THE BIG ONE NOW! Poems about Growing UP

WordSong * Written by Marilyn Singer * Illustrated by Jana Christy * Publication date March 2019

978-1-62979-169-2 * $16.95 U.S./$22.95 CAN * Poetry * Ages 4 - 8 * Grades PreK - 3 * marilynsinger.net * janachristy.com * boydsmillspress.com

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