NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children
2021 Award Recipient
Janet S. Wong
After a career working at Universal Studios, studying law at Yale, and working as a substitute teacher, Janet S. Wong turned to publishing and writing children’s books. Her first 21 books, written over two decades, were published by Simon & Schuster, Harcourt, and FSG; then, in 2012, through Pomelo Books, she (with Sylvia Vardell) began to focus on anthologies that include other poets’ work. She strives to create books that contain engaging poems for children and mini-lessons or useful tidbits for teachers, librarians, and administrators. She has spent time volunteering...