Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
Illustrator: Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson
Publisher: Clarion Books
What is a maker? According to With My Hands: Poems About Making Things, a maker is someone who is a creator, someone who makes mistakes, and someone who produces something that has never existed before. This picture book is a collection of twenty-six short poems, all of which are topically centered around the theme of creating. The poems showcase a diverse collection of media, including soap carving, shadow puppets, collage, fort building, and collage making
While this clever and unique book is a perfect addition to schools focusing on STEM with an arts emphasis or classrooms with maker-spaces, it also would fit well into home libraries. When combined with the the bright and artful illustrations, the array of ideas for creating things embedded within the poems will inspire any child to try their hand at creating. The poems take a variety of formats, from free verse to simple rhymes, providing diversity in the reading experience and making the book an excellent introduction to poetry for children of any age.