Friday, December 16, 2016

Excerpts from The Gift of You, The Gift of Me--By Nila J. Webster--United States

Thank you, hands,
For reaching out
Over sadness
And over doubt
Toward all
that is wonder

For believing, loving,
Feeling, seeing,
The gift of Earth
The miracle of being

These excerpts are from Nila J. Webster's picture book The Gift of You, The Gift of Me. She wrote the book in one sitting as a response in an incident of bullying, with the hope that honoring the beauty in nature, and in ourselves, will create a beautiful space where bullying will dissolve and be replaced by love and acceptance.

Nila J. Webster has been writing since a young age, thanks to the encouragement and support of her beloved mother, poet jani johe webster. Nila has donated over 120,000 picture books in her mother's honor, with more to come. If anyone knows of schools or hospitals that would like to receive a picture book donation, please let her know at


  1. Dear Nila,
    Your poems are surly gifts to the Whispers' family.
    Thank you,

  2. Thank you, Nila, for teaching us how to see with our hands....

  3. Thanks for sharing, enjoed your work.