Poetry: Big Thoughts 
in Small Packages 
(Heinemann)

This complete unit, co-authored with Lucy Calkins and Stephanie Parsons, includes mini lessons, conferring thoughts, share sessions, and a variety of resources for finding poem ideas, using poetic techniques, and experimenting with structure.
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Forthcoming
Read, Read, Read! (Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press)
Illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke, forthcoming Fall 2017.
This collection of poems about the joys of reading celebrates everything from discovering new books to reading in bed to loving dogs in stories.  

WITH MY HANDS: POEMS ABOUT MAKING THINGS (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Hartcourt)
This collection of poems about creativity, about being a maker, reminds us that our hands are capable of so much: carving soap, painting, building bird houses, tie-dyeing, and more.  Illustrator and publication date to be announced.

DREAMING OF YOU (Boyds Mills Press) 
This lullaby of a rhyming picture book wishes a child sweet dreams of many animals as these same animals dream sweet dreams of the child. Illustrator and publication date to be announced.

ALL I KNOW (Crown Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House)http://ryanorourke.com/http://wernickpratt.com/client/aaron-dewitt/shapeimage_4_link_0shapeimage_4_link_1
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Forest Has a Song
(Clarion)

Take a walk in the forest.  Have a chat with a chickadee, watch the fiddleheads unfurl, discover a fossil, hear what a young owl tells its mother before its first flight.  Find out what the spring tree frog is really saying.  The forest is inviting you to come and visit.  The poems in this book, intimate and lighthearted, will take you there.
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Every Day Birds  
(Orchard/Scholastic)

One nonfiction poem offers facts about twenty common birds of the Northeastern United States.  With extra information embedded in the illustrations, this book offers children and adults an opportunity to learn about the birds outside the kitchen or classroom window.