K.A. Holt's poems have energy; to read one of her books is to go on an adventure. Which is why it's great that she's currently so focused on penning poetry for kids and young adults -- she takes the medium back to its playful roots.
"I do think that this insatiable, damaging focus on testing is making it harder for all children to be able to just pick up a book and read for fun," Holt says. As a mother of elementary-aged kids, she feels personally impacted. "It's pretty harrowing," she adds.