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Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is author of children’s books including FOREST HAS A SONG (Clarion), EVERY DAY BIRDS (Scholastic), READ! READ! READ! (forthcoming, WordSong), DREAMING OF YOU (forthcoming, Boyds Mills Press) and WITH MY HANDS: POEMS ABOUT MAKING THINGS (forthcoming, Clarion). She is also author of POEMS ARE TEACHERS: HOW STUDYING POETRY STRENGTHENS WRITING IN ALL GENRES (forthcoming, Heinemann) and co-author, with Lucy Calkins and Stephanie Parsons, of POETRY: BIG THOUGHTS IN SMALL PACKAGES (Heinemann). A former fifth grade teacher, Amy received her MA from Teachers College, has taught writing for nineteen years, and blogs at The Poem Farm and Sharing Our Notebooks. Amy lives in Holland, NY with her family, pets, and books. Find her online at



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