Amazing Places

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Lee & Low Books
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9.8 X 0.4 X 11.1 inches | 1.05 pounds
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About the Author

LEE BENNETT HOPKINS, acclaimed poet and writer, has created numerous award-winning poetry anthologies for young readers. He is the recipient of the 2009 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, which honors his body of work. Hopkins's books have won many accolades, and in early 2015, a third award was established in his name: the Lee Bennett Hopkins SCBWI Poetry Award, to "recognize and encourage the publication of an excellent book of poetry or anthology for children and/or young adults." He lives in Cape Coral, Florida.
CHRIS SOENTPIET is the illustrator of several highly praised picture books. He has won many awards for his work, including the NAACP Image Award, Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Gold Medal, ALA Notable Books, IRA Children's Book of the Year, Jane Addams Children's Book Award, Parents' Choice Award, and Notable Books for a Global Society. Soentpiet has also received a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators, an honor bestowed on an artist by fellow illustrators. He lives in Flushing, New York, with his wife and their children.
Christy Haleis the author and illustrator of several acclaimed children's books, including four published by Lee & Low, and she has illustrated numerous other award-winning picture books as well. Hale also works in the children's book field as an art director, a designer, and an educator, offering programs at schools, libraries, and museums. She lives with her husband in Palo Alto, California. You can learn more about her at
JOSEPH BRUCHAC is among the most respected and widely published Native American authors, with over 100 titles in print, including the popular Keepers of the Earth series and Lee & Low's Killer of Enemies trilogy, which received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. A Rockefeller Fellow and an NEA Poetry Writing Fellow, Bruchac has received numerous recognitions over his long-standing career; including the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to writing, Bruchac is an editor at Greenfield Review Press, a literary publishing house he co-founded with his wife. He lives in Greenfield Center, New York. To find out more about Joseph Bruchac, visit
Nikki Grimes bestselling author of numerous books for young people, is noted for the poetry that appears in both her picture books and novels. Her work has been honored six times by the Coretta Scott King Award, most recently in 2014. Additional honors for her books include ALA Notables, Bank Street College's Best Children's Books of the Year list, and Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. Grimes lives in Corona, California.
JANE MEDINA is a respected educator who lives in Orange, California.
Alma Flor Ada is an award-winning children's book author, a gifted translator, and one of the leaders in the field of bilingual education in the United States. Born in Cuba, Alma Flor received her PhD at the Pontifical Catholic University of Lima, Perú, did her post-doctoral research at Harvard University as a Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute, and is a Fulbright Research Scholar. A Professor Emerita at the University of San Francisco, Alma Flor currently lives in Northern California's Marin County.
Rebecca Kai Dotlich is an author and poet of children's books and a recipient of the Gold Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award. Her books include What Can A Crane Pick Up?, What is Science?, and Bella and Bean.
J. Patrick Lewis is a poet and prose writer noted for his children's poems and other light verse.

Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning A Single Shard, the best-seller A Long Walk to Water, and the highly-praised novel Prairie Lotus. She has also written several acclaimed picture books and serves on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. She lives in western New York with her family., Twitter: @LindaSuePark


In this companion to 2010'sAmazing Faces, 14 poems celebrate landmarks and attractions across the United States, such as the Grand Canyon, Fenway Park, and San Francisco's Chinatown. In the tender opening poem from Janet S. Wong, a girl treasures a night camping with her mother in Alaska's Denali National Park: "When the fire is spitting ready, / she reaches/ in the bag, rustling, / and hands me/ one big, fat, luscious/ marshmallow." Joan Bransfield Graham's concrete poem, "Sandy Hook Lighthouse," is both written from the lighthouse's perspective and shaped like one: "Wild/ storms rage, / lightning crackles, / nothing/ deters me./ I have/ stood on/ duty in this/ place for/ more than two/ centuries." The far-ranging locations and multicultural, multigenerational cast help create a broadly appealing testament to the American landscape and people.

-- (09/15/2015)

This companion to Amazing Faces (2015) is a tribute to United States landmarks and adds illustrator Hale as a collaborator. Eleven states are highlighted, ranging from Alaska to Kansas to Massachusetts. San Francisco's Chinatown, the Grand Canyon, the State Fair of Texas, and the Oneida Nation Museum are among the American treasures featured alongside poetry penned by an eclectic representation of treasured Americans of many ethnicities. The selections' wide appeal invites intergenerational sharing, particularly in the classroom or at family gatherings. For example, in addition to the reader-engaging, playful visual formatting of Prince Redcloud's "Niagara," this poem also lends itself to multivoice readings: "falls / and / falls / forever-ever / flowing / falling / falling / cascading / crashing / dipping / dropping / plunging / tumbling / stop...." Soentpiet and Hale's exceptional pencil-and-digital illustrations reinforce the word pictures evoked by the poetry. Light and shadow, skillfully rendered with the look of watercolor paint, play across the scenes. A historical glossary is appended, and the map of the United States indicating each landmark's location is included on the endpapers. Amazing, indeed: American readers will come away both proud of what the country has to offer and eager to visit the sites in person.

-- (09/15/2015)