“Voice is the magical heard quality in writing. Voice is what allows the reader’s eyes to move over the silent print and hear the writer speaking. . . Voice is the music in language.”
(Donald M. Murray, The Craft of Revision)
These books spoke to me. The power of voice found in these books range from poignant and persuasive to sweet and sacred. A strong voice connects writer to reader—heart to heart.
I Talk Like A River by Jordan Scott, illustrated by Sydney Smith.
Voice can make you smile.
Looking for Smile by Ellen Tarlow, illustrated by Lauren Stringer
Voice can be unique.
How to Walk an Ant by Cindy Derby
Voice can be sacred.
Voice can inform.
HoneyBee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann
Janie Reinart is the ReFoReMo Facebook Group Moderator and a blog contributor. Her picture book, WHEN WATER MAKES MUD: A STORY OF REFUGEE CHILDREN, debuts with Blue Whale Press in Spring 2021. She recently released a retelling of THE UGLY DUCKLING with Wonderbooks Creations. A fellow with the National Writing Project, educator, author, poet and musical storyteller, Janie seeks ways of giving emerging writers of all ages a voice. It is her mission to help others enjoy the sheer joy of writing and she practices this through her posts on the GROG blog. A proud mother of a veteran, Janie had the honor of collecting stories for the anthology, LOVE YOU MORE THAN YOU KNOW: MOTHER'S STORIES ABOUT SENDING THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS TO WAR.