February 24, 2018

Giveaway- Newly Released Children’s Book ‘Forest Has a Song’

By Julie Samrick

We know kids devour Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein, so why aren’t there more books of poetry aimed toward children on the market? I was pleasantly surprised when I learned about a new book of poems for children just in time for spring and Earth Day.

Author Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s Forest Has a Song
is a breath of fresh spring air! It contains 26 poems centered on a girl’s various walks through nature and how the different animals, flowers, leaves, and so much more appear through the child’s young, impressionable eyes.  

Kids ages 5-10 will enjoy reading the girl’s perspective:

A spider is a “never-tangling dangling spinner / knitting angles, trapping dinner.”

They will also enjoy getting inside the minds of the subjects- this one of an owl and its mom of a “first flight:”

Mommy, I’m scared to be this high/ All owls are scared on their first try.

My tail feathers feel so tingly with fear / You can do it. Calm down. Careful now. Steer.


The watercolor illustrations by Robbin Gourley on every page are truly breathtaking. 

Forest Has a Song


Poetry is meant to be heard, to be read aloud, and kids will enjoy reading this beautiful, 32-page, hardcover book with you. My 7-year-old daughter and I take turns reading each poem.

VanDerwater is a credentialed teacher and she has a website called Poem Farm, which offers ideas to get kids excited about poetry for parents and teachers.

Leave a comment below for the chance to win a free copy of Forest Has a Song (includes shipping). For an extra chance to win, fans of our Kid Focused Facebook page can leave a comment over there too. Click here


 CLOSED Congratulations to the winner of the book, Mindy M.!



  1. Thank you for such a lovely review on this, my first book! It was an honor to have the chance to work with Robbin, and I truly hope that our book invites more children and families outside for hikes and playing in any kind of nature. All Best, Amy

  2. I keep hearing wonderful things about FOREST HAS A SONG. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

  3. Lorraine Falchi says:

    I have to get a copy of this book! I mom of a creative child who really appreciates exactly these kind of delightful books full of joy. I also teach teachers and am the director of a preschool. Happy April! I hope that your Spring is full of wonder! Thanks for considering!

  4. I would love to win a copy of Amy’s book. I admire her talent and the book sounds lovely!

  5. Kristi Cunningham says:

    I would love a copy of Forest has a Song for my classroom!

  6. Lori Faas says:

    I am a card-carrying member of the Amy LV fan club! :) Thanks for the opportunity to win this beautiful book.

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