In the land of words, I stand as still as a tree, and let the words rain down on me. Come, rain, bring your knowledge and your music. Sing while I grow green and full. I'll stand as still as a tree, and let your blessings fall on me.
Eloise Greenfield is the author of over thirty children’s books, many of which use poetry to tell stories about the African-American experience. Her most recent books include In the Land of Words (Amistad Press, 2016), Brothers & Sisters (Amistad Press, 2008), and Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems (HarperCollins, 2003). Her awards include the Carter G. Woodson Book Award from the National Council for the Social Studies, the Coretta Scott King Award, the Foundation for Children’s Literature Hope S. Dean Award, the 1997 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, and the 1990 Recognition for Merit Award from the George G. Stone Center for Children’s Books, among others. She lives in Washington, D.C.