[Poetry Friday] Walter Dean and Christopher Myers Celebrate Every Child in “Looking Like Me”

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Fats here.

One of the things I like about working in the Circulation Department of my library is discovering interesting titles when I discharge materials that have been returned to the book drop. My contribution for Poetry Friday this week comes from one of these “random book finds.” Written by Walter Dean Myers, Looking Like Me* is a catchy picturebook that celebrates every child, and every thing that a child can be. I’m sharing excerpts below.

Poetry Friday round-up is hosted by Julie Larios from The Drift Record.

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*Looking Like Me

Text: Walter Dean Myers
Art: Chirstopher Myers
Publisher: EgmontUSA (2009)
ISBN-10: 1606840010
ISBN-13: 978-1606840016

I looked in the mirror
and what did I see?
A real handsome dude
looking just like me.

He put out his fist.

I GAVE IT A BAM!

He said, “Jeremy!”
I said, “That’s who I am.”

Along came my sister,
fine as she can be.
“Hey, Jeremy,” she said,

“You’re little brother to me.”

She put out her fist.

I GAVE IT A BAM!

Jeremy and brother,
that’s who I am.

♦♦♦♦♦

My mom calls me a dreamer,

A silver-rayed moonbeamer,
spreading fantasies across
the harlem sky.
I dreamt of secret places,
plaid clouds and hidden faces,
black knights and maids
who swoon and sigh.

My mom put out her fist.

I GAVE IT A GENTLE BAM,

because that’s the kind of
dreamer that I am.

♦♦♦♦♦

Why don’t you find a mirror
and some friends along the way?

Think of all the things you do
and all the things they say.

Make a long list if you want to—
have yourself an “I am” Jam.

Then give yourself a great big smile
and your fist a great big

BAM!

♦♦♦♦♦

What do you see yourself as today?

4 Comments on [Poetry Friday] Walter Dean and Christopher Myers Celebrate Every Child in “Looking Like Me”

  1. Thanks for introducing me to this book. I think I will seek it out. Today I see myself as a poetry-gatherer.

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  2. I’m a poetry-browser and poetry-writer this morning. Thanks for sharing your find, Fats -I didn’t know that book either. Wonderful! Once I got to ride in an elevator with Walter Dean Myers. :0) His thoughtful, booming voice will continue to be missed.

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  3. Walter Dean Myers is one of my favorite authors. I was so honored to meet him and speak with him when he signed one of my books. I also heard him give an oral reading at another conference-pure joy. He is sorely missed. This is my tribute post to him: http://beyondliteracylink.blogspot.com/2014/07/literary-world-loss.html. In response to your question, today, I am a positivity gatherer.

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  4. I am memory-gatherer today, public memories and secret ones, too. This sounds like a great book, and I’ll look for it. Bam!

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