Monday, March 9, 2020

"Nine Lives" poem from NINE: A Book of Nonet Poems, coming June 9!

Hello and Happy March 9. Did you know 9 is my favorite number? Want to know why?

Well. It's because I wrote this book called NINE: A Book of Nonet Poems, illus. by Amy Huntington, coming from Charlesbridge June 9.  This book is for 9 year olds and 99 year olds and anyone who remembers the wonder of age 9 or imagines the fun of age 9. Even the trim size of the book is a celebration of nine, as it measures 9 inches by 9 inches. Cool, huh?

If TLA happens as planned, I will be introducing the book to the world at Sylvia Vardell's Poetry Roundup, along with poets Vikram Madan (more on Vikram and his book A HATFUL OF DRAGON soon!), Carole Boston Weatherford, and others! I'm excited!

For today, I'd like to share the "Nine Lives" page. Didn't Amy do an amazing job?? And look: for the accountants among us... how many dogs do you see? How many "r"s in the last word of the poem? :)

Check back on the 9th of the coming months for more about this fun project. Thank you for reading!


  1. The book is 9x9, how perfect is that? And nine r's in Purrrrrrrrr. Looking forward to hearing about it more on April 9th!

  2. I've pre-ordered it, Irene, and Imi will be nine this summer, a perfect book to sneak away for one of her gifts! Yes, it's picture & poem perfect!

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