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 “Poems should feed into other poems – a needle passing a stitch through cloth.”  – Gary Soto


I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery
Illustrated by Michele Wood (Eerdmans; ISBN 978-0-8028-5386-8)

I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American SlaveryKirkus starred review Kirkus (starred review)
“A powerful grouping of thought-provoking poems and brilliantly designed paintings.”

Kirkus starred review School Library Journal (starred review)
“This ambitious work offers a bit of poetry, history, folk art, quilting, religion and more. It will definitely fill a niche in libraries.”

Horn Book
“Altogether, a stunning achievement . . . .”

The Washington Post

“. . . deeply impressive, as seamless as it is stirring.”

Washington Parent
“[A] stunning collection . . . The result is breathtaking.”

Awards and Honors

  • Finalist, 2013 PEN/Steven Kroll Award for Picture Book Writing
  • 2013, Bank Street College of Education, The Best Children's Books of the Year
  • 2013 NCTE Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts
  • 2013 Gold Nautilus Award
  • NYPL’s Children’s Books 2012: 100 Books for Reading and Sharing List
  • 2013 Notable Books for a Global Society Award
  • 2013 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
  • Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens
  • Cooperative Children’s Book Center: CCBC Choices 2013; Poetry Essentials
  • Parent’s Choice Silver Honor


Independent School Libraries

Independent School Libraries: Perspectives on Excellence
Starred review, Booklist Online.






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Language Arts

“Rhythms of Story”
 Language Arts, March 2011
 Read PDF of article here.






Knowledge Quest

“Evaluating Science Information with Thinking Routines”
 Knowledge Quest, January 2010
 Read PDF of article here.






Language Arts

“What’s in a Name?”
 Language Arts, May 2010
 Read PDF of article here.





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