I am just going to say that this awesome book of poems was created by Neil Gaiman. They called it, What You Need to Be Warm. And they had a long list of illustrators, some I knew and others were new to me. And then I will say it is about refugees and other displaced people and what images, things, places or people that made them feel warm.
And then just gush that this is both the best and worst thing I have read this year. Worst because it is so sad! I do not want to remember that feeling of the blanket before waking up, the love we have for certain people and places. I wanted to cry about knowing they were not enjoying those things, but they were mere memories. And the best because they are wonderful memories and ideas. You can feel those things, too, and you know that the people we are hearing about (Gaiman took their words and made them his own) are now safer than they were before.
And not only do the words have life, there is a lot happening with the art. Each artist has their own style, so they differ in color and details. The afterwards has the poem that illustrator did, and words about their process or their feelings. You might recognize some people, such as Chris Riddle or Oliver Jeffers, but probably not Benji Davis, Beth Suzanna or Majid Adin. Because of this I looked up everyone I did not know and now I am hoping to read books illustrated by Daniel Egneus, Nadine Kaadan and Yuliya Gwilym. Of course, there are Pam Smy, Marie-Alice Harel, Petr Horacek, Bagram Ibatouilline, and Richard Jones.
There are also extras the allow you to learn more about the project this is all part of. Due late October/early November 2023, I read via an online reader copy.