No, this isn’t about politics, just about voting. There are two children’s literature competitions I’m following and perhaps you’d like to too. Maybe even cast a vote. Hamline MFAC grad and Inkpot visitor Quinette Cook is participating in the Think Kid, Think March Madness–a fun event that pits poet against poet. The winning poet moves on to the next round. Quinette has made it to the second round (Brava!) and that competition should begin soon. Her word is “Deconstruct” (poets get assigned a word and have about two days to come up with a poem). Go and vote–for Quinette, if you will. But enjoy the work of all the poets.

The other competition is actually a poll. Betsy Bird has started another poll, two, really: 100 favorite picture books and 100 favorite chapter book. I’ll be making and submitting my list of top ten. Will you?