Friends and Anemones: Ocean Poems for Children

Friends and Anemones: Ocean Poems for Children

The Writer's Loft
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The poets finished their final revisions for FRIENDS AND ANEMONES by the end of January, 2020. Right around the time the world ran out of hand sanitizer and toilet paper, our artists' sketches were due. Deadlines were extended. The world applauded front line workers and made sourdough bread...and more deadlines were extended. 

All our artists had challenges: some had adult children suddenly moving into their studios; some had an immense amount of trouble focusing because the news kept getting worse; some worried about and even grieved friends and family members. 

Deadlines became vague targets through the haze of a world suddenly controlled by a novel disease doctors didn't know how to treat, nevermind cure. 

We are very proud of this 2020 book, made with love by volunteers, for children, and for the ocean. Two things without which the human race definitely would not survive. -- Kristen Wixted and Heather Kelly

FRIENDS AND ANEMONES: Ocean Poems for Children, is a fun and informative collection of original poems and art by New England authors and illustrators. Hands join fins in an adventure through kelp forests to meet sea otters and whales. Attend an underwater birthday party! Voyage through tempests to bottom-of-the-ocean volcanos and mysterious creatures in the deep, deep darkness. This book is a valuable ecological and poetry resource for parents as well as librarians and teachers. The Writers' Loft brings together authors and artists from all over New England to collaborate, because writing doesn't have to be a solitary pursuit!

Illustrators/Authors: Alice Fulgione, Amanda Davis, Amanda Smith, Audrey Day-Williams, BJ Feeney, Bridget Wixted, Brook Gideon, Caitlin Kelly, Campbell Pelton-Cairns, Casey W. Robinson, Cathleen Stenquist, Charlotte Sheer, Cheryl Hablanian, Cindy Cornwall, Cynthia Greene, Cynthia Hyatt Shorris, Deb O'Brien, Deborah Sosin, Doreen Buchinski, Elaine D'Alessandro, Ellen Cohen, Erin Dionne, Ernie D'Elia, Hayley Barrett, Heather Kelly, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, Helen Kampion, Hilary Echols, Jane Sutton, Jane Yolen, Jean Letai, Jean Taft, Jill Dailey, Joan Duris, Jodie Apeseche, Josh Funk, Joy Nelkin Wieder, Julia Young Cuffe, Kate Sample, Kip Wilson, Kristen Wixted, Kristin J. Russo, Leanne Luetkemeyer, Lisa Rogers, Liz Goulet Dubois, Liz Kehrli, Luke Hargrave, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Marie Tobin, Marlo Garnsworthy, Marty Lapointe-Malchik, Matt Forrest Esenwine, Megan Litwin, Nancy Tupper Ling, Naomi Hammerschlag, Pam Vaughan, Peter H. Reynolds, Priscilla Alpaugh, Remi Kathawa, Robert Thibeault, Robin Brett Wechsler, Sally Hinkley, Sandra Budiansky, Sarah S. Brannen, Susan S. Novich, Suwin Chan, Theresa Milstein, Thomas Hughes, Warren Ross, Wendy M. McDonald

  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: The Writers' Loft (November 8, 2020)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0998317236