Bookspeak!

Poems about Books

By Laura Purdie Salas; Josee Bisaillon (Illustrator)
(Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780547223001, 32pp.)

Publication Date: October 2011

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Description

A collection of wacky, whimsical poems about books and all the treasures they contain.

Laura Purdie Salas, the acclaimed author of Stampede!, is back with another collection of wild and weird, wacky and winsome poems about all the magic to be found on a single bookshelf. In BookSpeak!, each poem gives voice to a group that seldom gets a voice . . . the books themselves! Characters plead for sequels, book jackets strut their stuff, and we get a sneak peek at the raucous parties in the aisles when all the lights go out at the bookstore!Illustrator Josée Bisaillon’s mixture of collage, drawings, and digital montage presents page after page of richly colored spreads filled with action and charm. Together, Salas and Bisaillon deliver a unique collection brimming with ideas as much about spines and dust jackets as they are about adventure and imagination.



About the Author
As a kid, Laura Purdie Salas devoured books. Her three big sisters taught her to read when she was 4, and she read constantly, ignoring orders from her parents to "Go outside and get some fresh air!" She grew up in Florida and heard these dreaded words year round. When forced outside, she climbed up to her treehouse or lay on the trampoline, reading. Books were magic, and it never occurred to her that real people actually wrote them.

Today, Laura is thrilled to be part of creating that magic for today's kids. She has written more than 120 books for kids and teens, including "Water Can Be..." (Millbrook, 2014), "A Leaf Can Be..." (Millbrook, 2012: Bank Street Best Books, IRA Teachers' Choice, Minnesota Book Award Finalist, Riverby Award for Nature Books for Young Readers, and more), and "BookSpeak! Poems About Books" (Clarion/HMH, 2011: Minnesota Book Award, NCTE Notable, Bank Street Best Books, Eureka! Gold Medal, and more). She loves to visit with students and teachers to share her joy in poetry, books, and language. She is also the author of several how-to poetry books for kids, including "Picture Yourself Writing Poetry" (Capstone, 2011) and "Write Your Own Poetry" (Compass Point, 2008).

Laura and her family live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where it's just a touch cooler than Florida!

Learn more about Laura at laurasalas.com



Josee Bisaillon has won many awards for her illustration and was shortlisted twice for the Governor General's Award. Josee lives in Montreal, Quebec, with her husband and their three charming children.
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