Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is the author of books for children and teachers including: Forest Has a Song, With My Hands, Write! Write! Write!, Poems are Teachers: How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres, That Missing Feeling, If This Bird Had Pockets, and most recently, The Sound of Kindness. A former classroom teacher, she has taught writing for over 20 years and keeps two popular classroom blogs: The Poem Farm and Sharing Our Notebooks. In addition to reading and poem-ing, Amy loves knitting socks, picking berries, and making all kinds of jam at her whimsical old farmhouse in Western New York.