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Poems in Anthologies & Professional Books


“Our Kittens” in ONE MINUTE TILL BEDTIME, selected by Kenn Nesbitt, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016. 




“Petrified Forest” in BOOK OF NATURE POETRY, selected by J. Patrick Lewis, National Geographic Books, 2015.

About the Book 
When words in verse are paired with the awesomeness of nature, something magical happens! Beloved former U.S. Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis curates an exuberant poetic celebration of the natural world in this stellar collection of nature poems. From trickling streams to deafening thunderstorms to soaring mountains, discover majestic photography perfectly paired with contemporary (such as Billy Collins), classics (such as Robert Frost), and never-before-published works.



"Book Pillows" in JUMPING OFF LIBRARY SHELVES, Wordsong, Boyds Mills Press, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, 2015.

About the Book 
Here is the library, not just as a place that houses books, but as an experience. Fifteen poems celebrate the thrill of getting your first library card, the excitement of story hour, the fun of using the computer, the pride of reading to the dog, and the joy of discovering that the librarian understands you and knows exactly which books you’ll love. The poems, compiled by noted poet and anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins, pay homage to the marvels of books and reading. Accompanied by Jane Manning’s colorful, imaginative illustrations, this collection lyrically celebrates the magic of libraries.


“Garage Sale Jeans” in CATCH YOUR BREATH: WRITING POIGNANT POETRY,  Capstone Press, selected by Laura Purdie Salas, 2015.

About the Book 
Inform and engage young writers with this contemporary, creative breakdown of poetry essentials. Clear, concise text introduces and defines key skills while aligning closely to Common Core State Standards. Fun and inspiring writing prompts launch new skills into practice, while author bios and mentor texts provide creative blueprints for budding writers.


“Tonight” in THE POETRY FRIDAY FOR CELEBRATIONS, Pomelo Books, selected by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, 2015.








"Round and Round", "Sea Glass", "Asters" in WRITING IS MAGIC, OR IS IT?: USING MENTOR TEXT TO DEVELOP THE WRITER'S CRAFT, Shell Education, selected by Jennifer M. Bogard and Mary C. McMackin, 2015.

About the Book
Help students become strong writers and support their understanding of mentor texts with this practical, standards-based resource that dives deep into multiple genres such as poetry, narration, informational texts, literary nonfiction, and persuasion. Teach students how to read mentor texts for the purpose of writing as well as specific strategies that authors typically use in order to help students integrate their strategies into their own writing. This resource provides teachers with strategies and resources to encourage students to understand writing as a craft while using mentor texts to teach them different aspects of writing.



"Tricycle" in LULLABY AND KISSES SWEET: POEMS TO LOVE WITH YOUR BABY, Abrams, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Alyssa Nassner, 2015.

About the Book
Beloved children’s poet and anthologizer Lee Bennett Hopkins has produced more than 100 volumes of poetry throughout his illustrious career, but Lullaby and Kisses Sweet is his first collection geared toward babies and toddlers. Featuring 30 original poems by esteemed children’s writers like Jane Yolen, Marilyn Singer, and J. Patrick Lewis, the book introduces the youngest readers to loving rhymes in a playful, accessible way.

This beautifully designed casebound board book is organized into five themes—Family, Food, “Firsts,” Playtime, and Bedtime—while cuddly, anthropomorphized animals make the poems friendly and relatable. Lullaby and Kisses Sweet fosters the love of poetry and is the perfect gift for babies, toddlers, and their poetry-loving parents.





"Sheep's Whisper" in MANGER, Erdmanns, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Helen Cann, 2014.

About the Book
There is a legend that describes how, at midnight on Christmas Eve, all creatures are granted the power of speech for one hour. In this rich collection, Lee Bennett Hopkins and a dozen other poets imagine what responses they might offer. The poems represent a diverse group of animals, but all come together with one singular purpose: celebrating the joy of the miraculous event.

This collection of graceful poems provides readers with a Nativity story unlike any other -- at times gently humorous, at times profound, but always inviting readers to appreciate the wonder of Christmas. This book is a perfect gift for the holiday season.

Starred review in Kirkus
Publishers Weekly Review - This joyful collection of new and previously printed poems features creatures great and small heralding the arrival of Baby Jesus on Christmas Eve during the one hour, as legend has it, that God granted them the gift of human speech. Each of the brief entries—from Alma Flor Ada, Marilyn Nelson, Alice Schertle, and others—appears on its own spread, nestled alongside one of Cann’s (Brigid’s Cloak) watercolor and mixed-media paintings, whose detailed feathers, scales, and shaggy fur lend a realistic air. On the whole, the verses convey a sense of wonder, awe, and humility. “I tiptoe near;/ gaze down to see/ a babe—/ whose sweet arms/ welcome me,” says Jude Mandell’s “Curious Cat,” while Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s “Sheep Whisper” reads, “I’ve never seen a baby/ or so much golden light.” Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Available through Erdmanns 




















"My Bean Plant", "Listen", "How to Be a Scientist”, "Prism", "Meter Stick", "Sound Waves" in THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR SCIENCE, Pomelo Books, selected by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, 2014.

About the Book
The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science (Grades K-5) features 218 poems by 78 award-winning and popular poets, connecting science with reading and language arts. The “Take 5!” activities highlight concepts and topics identified in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as well state science standards such as the Texas TEKS. The "Take 5!" activities also incorporate the literacy skills identified in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Poetry TEKS.





"Do They Know?" in HIGH IMPACT WRITING CLINICS: 20 PROJECTABLE LESSONS FOR BUILDING LITERACY ACROSS CONTENT AREAS, Corwin, 2013.

About the Book
Move over, old-school writing lessons. In High-Impact Writing Clinics, teacher-poets Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger deliver 21st-century engagements in a 21st-century format that are certain to finally hook today’s i-touch generation on writing--and help meet the Common Core Standards, too.
How? Sara and Michael’s 20 high-energy projectable lessons for grades 4-8 harness the brevity and potency of poetry for teaching the intricate skills behind writing well in any subject. The 100 poems—set against vivid full-color photographs and graphics on more than 500 slides—serve as a springboard for activities in which students read, discuss, and write to meet the literacy objectives of the Common Core: 
Available through Corwin



"Chickadee" in STRATEGIES TO INTEGRATE THE ARTS IN LANGUAGE ARTS, Lesley University and Shell Education, selected by Jennifer M. Bogard and Donovan, 2013.

About the Book
This teacher-friendly resource provides practical arts-based strategies for classroom teachers to use in teaching language arts content. Overview information and model lessons are provided for each strategy and ideas are provided for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The strategies addressed within the book allow teachers to make language arts instruction come alive and best meet students' needs.

Sample Pages  HERE.



"First Practice" and "Saying No" in THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL,  Pomelo Books, selected by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, 2013.

About the Book
Meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in the English Language Arts (ELA) with Easy “Take 5” Poetry Lessons:
The Poetry Friday Anthology is a series for K-5 and Middle School (6-8) designed to help teachers meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in the English Language Arts (ELA). “Take 5” teaching tips for each poem provide step-by-step poetry lessons that address curriculum requirements.
The poems in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School (PFAMS) include examples of many techniques, forms, and elements—rhyme, repetition, and rhythm; metaphor and simile; personification; onomatopoeia; hyperbole; dramatic irony; and different forms (haiku, ghazal, sonnet, reverso, analogies, Intravista, and one-worders by Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis).

"Tooth", "Baby Tooth", "Vacation", "Out My Window", "A Quiet Day" in THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY (Common Core Edition & TEKS Edition), Pomelo Books, selected by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, September 2012.

About the Book
The Poetry Friday Anthology offers a set of 36 poems for each grade level, K-5 (a poem-a-week for the 9 months of the typical school year). Drawing on decades of experience in classrooms all over the world as well as volumes of academic research and writing, this book presents activities that are poem-specific, skill-based, developmentally appropriate for each weekly poem—and that connect to the Common Core standards for poetry instruction.
Much like "Casual Friday" in the corporate world, there is a perception in the world of literature that on Fridays we should relax a bit and take a moment for something special.
The Poetry Friday Anthology brings the Poetry Friday concept into your classroom and makes it easy for you to take five minutes every Friday to share a poem. Explore a poem, connecting it with children's lives and capitalizing on a teachable moment. Pausing to share a poem—and reinforce a language skill—on Poetry Friday is a simple and effective way to infuse poetry into your current teaching practice.
from the IRA's READING ONLINE blog - ...There are memorable poems from some of the stalwarts of this type of writing: Arnold Adoff, Nikki Grimes, Julie Larios, J. Patrick Lewis, Jack Prelutsky, Laura Purdie Salas, Eileen Spinelli, Janet Wong, and Jane Yolen. While many of the poems feature familiar names, verses by others, such as Guadalupe Garcia McCall and Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, show that the future of poetry is in good hands.  Be careful when reading this highly-addictive anthology...  

Common Core Edition
Available through Amazon
More Information at The Poetry Friday Anthology Blog

TEKS Edition
Available through Amazon
More Information at The Poetry Friday Anthology Blog 



"Lice" in NASTY BUGS, Dial, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Will Terry, 2012.

About the Book
A collection of creepy, crawly poems by some of today's most beloved children's poets

This tribute to the delightful nastiness of bugs features sixteen poems by accomplished children's poets, including Marilyn Singer, J. Patrick Lewis, and Rebecca Andrew Loescher. From "Ode to a Dead Mosquito" to "Termite Tune," this brightly illustrated, kid-friendly collection riffs on the details of the world's most infamous insects. Fun facts about the featured creatures round out this sure bet for poetry fans and bug enthusiasts alike.

from the GRANDPARENTS.COM Bookstore - As the title suggests, the poems in this collection from contemporary children's poets focus on the less lovable characteristics of certain insects; Terry's fuzzy-textured artwork follows suit, with cartoonishly monstrous depictions of bugs with scowling eyes, pointy teeth, and big appetites...Amy Ludwig Vanderwater describes a lice infestation ("Deep between our once clean sheets/ you roam like mini mice./ When we share hats we're sharing you/ like eggy leggy rice"), as a sufferer clutches at hair crawling with fanged purple bugs. A squirm-inducing tribute to our blood-sucking, garbage-eating insect friends. 

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"Writing Time" poem and process piece in the online resources for TRAITS WRITING, Scholastic, selected by Ruth Culham, 2012.

About the Book
A day-by-day, week-by-week, month-by-month plan for writing instruction based on a spiraled sequence of the Traits of Writing!  The Traits Writing™ program is organized as a spiraled sequence of the traits and their 4 key qualities. Key qualities define the traits in detail and give you concrete concepts for targeting writing instruction.
Available through Scholastic 


"Artist's Advice" in THE ARROW FINDS ITS MARK: A BOOK OF FOUND POEMS, Roaring Brook, selected by Georgia Heard and illustrated by Antoine Guillope, 2012.

About the Book
Twitter feeds, school notes, advertisements, street signs--find poetry in the unlikely places with thirty comtemporary poets.
 
Imagine picking up a scrap of paper off the floor or reading a sign at a gas station or looking at graffiti on the subway and finding poetry in these words. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poems take existing text, reorder and refashion it, and present it as a poem. Youthful, urban, and ironic, this energetic and surprising poetic form demonstrates the beauty of everyday words and will inspire young poets to find their own poetry.



"Snow Gifts" in e-book GIFT TAG, selected by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell, 2011.

About the Book
What are your favorite holiday memories? Your favorite gifts? Jane Yolen writes about pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving; Douglas Florian about playing with dreidels; Lee Bennett Hopkins about the true meaning of Christmas; J. Patrick Lewis about Mew Year’s Day. Have you ever wondered what a spider thinks at Christmas? Have you ever given a gift that later made you wonder, “What were we thinking?” Do you remember your first bike, your first baseball glove, your first bottle of perfume? As with Vardell and Wong’s second book in the PoetryTagTime series, P*TAG, photos provide writing prompts for these and two dozen other poems that will bring back warm gingered memories of your own family celebrations.



"Stay Close" in WHAT I WISH FOR YOU, Skirt Books, selected by Patti Digh, 2011. 

About the Book
In the tradition of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, The Places You’ll Go! and Anna Quindlen’s A Short Guide to a Happy Life comes this gathering of wisdom ideal for any person, young or old(er), facing a transition. What advice do you wish you had heard—really heard—when you were graduating from high school or college? What words could you benefit from hearing again? When Patti Digh asked her readers this question as her own daughter was starting college, the resulting flood of pithy, heartfelt wisdom sparked the idea for this book. What flowed in was beautiful, thoughtful, poignant, and funny. Out of the hundreds of essays, six themes emerged: remember who you are, know what matters most, make peace with time, let go of certainty, learn every single day, open up your hand.

What I Wish for You features meaningful stories from Patti as well as illustrations and essays submitted by readers of her blog from around the world, resulting in a vibrant, intriguing, and life-affirming book ideal for the young graduate and beyond.



"My Hand" in e-book POETRY TAG TIME, selected by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, 2011.

About the Book
PoetryTagTime is a children's e-book anthology featuring rhyming poems, free verse poetry, inspirational poems, funny poems, narrative poems, lyrical poems, acrostic poems, personification poems, love poems, nature poems, and poems about life.



"Book" in I AM THE BOOK!, Holiday House, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Yayo, 2011.

About the Book
Readers will unlock a treasure trove of poems in this exuberant celebration of reading. A book is a wonderful, magical treat. The thirteen poems in this collection encourage young readers to snuggle up with a story and stretch their imaginations, to splash in a sea of tales by day and swashbuckle through chapters late at night. Playful illustrations by Yayo compliment thought-provoking poems by Jane Yolen, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Naomi Shihab Nye, and others.

Hear LeVar Burton of Reading Rainbow read my poem, ‘Book’, from I Am The Book by Lee Bennett Hopkins HERE.



"Bathtime" in DIZZY DINOSAURS: SILLY DINO POEMS, HarperCollins, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Barry Gott, 2011.

About the Book
What if your favorite dinosaurs could sing and play like you? Find out in these delightfully dizzy poems!






"Apple Pockets" and "Wildflower Dance" in SHARING THE SEASONS, McElderry, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by David Diaz, 2010. (2010 Cybils Finalist)

About the Book
A Combining a diverse selection of classic quotations and forty-eight poems, twelve for each of the four seasons, with the energetic and colorful paintings of a Caldecott Medal winning illustratror, this is the definitive collection of poems about the seasons for children and adults. Spring births a polliwog that becomes a "full frog"; in summer, wildflowers choreograph an extravaganza; autumn's apples are found in generations of people's pockets; and winter's snowfall makes inanimate objects more beautiful than we could ever imagine. In addition to master poets Carl Sandburg, Richard Brautigan, Joseph Bruhac, and Karla Kuskin, twenty-nine of the poems have been especially commissioned by a host of contemporary poets such as Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Joan Bransfield Graham, J. Patrick Lewis, and Marilyn Singer. 

The exciting, bold palette of Caldecott Medallist David Diaz brings the seasons to life and asks us to look at the seasons all over again, for the first time.



"Two Puzzling" in INCREDIBLE INVENTIONS, Greenwillow, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated Julia Sarcone-Roach, 2009. (2009 NCTE Poetry Notable)

About the Book
Inventions can be big, like roller coasters, or small, like crayons. And inventors can be scientists or athletes or even boys and girls! It's hard to imagine life without Popsicles, basketball, or Band-Aids, but they all started with just one person and a little imagination.
With sixteen original poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and Julia Sarcone-Roach's imaginative artwork, Incredible Inventions celebrates creativity that comes in all shapes and sizes.
What will you invent today?



"School Play" in HAMSTERS, SHELLS, AND SPELLING BEES (An I Can Read Book 2), HarperCollins, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa, 2008.

About the Book
From the very first day of the school year, there is so much to do! So grab your backpack, hop on that school bus, and don't forget your lunch. Whether you're practicing for the spelling bee or getting ready for the big school play, there isn't a moment to lose!
Lee Bennett Hopkins delivers an assortment of twenty spectacular poems from writers such as Jane Yolen, Alice Schertle, and J. Patrick Lewis that are perfect for show-and-tell. Sachiko Yoshikawa's vivid illustrations are sure to delight the whole class!



"A Song I Sang," "2," and "Read (Don't Wread)" in PLAYING WITH POEMS: WORD STUDY LESSONS FOR SHARED READING, Heinemann, selected by Zoe Ryder White, 2008.

About the Book
Why aren’t there more good poems for use in shared reading? Poems that address key curricular goals while making the most of young children’s love of rhythm and rhyme? Now, thanks to Zoë Ryder White, there are. She’s stocked Playing with Poems with lessons built around 44 brand-new, original poems written precisely for word study.
 Only a teacher could write both poems filled with word study concepts and lessons that help children internalize them. Through a shared reading framework, White presents word study lessons that target literacy foundations such as: concepts about print, rhythm and rhyme, sight words, spelling patterns, and vocabulary.



"Front Porch Knitting" in AMERICA AT WAR, Simon & Schuster, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Stephen Alcorn, 2008.

About the Book
In this ever-timely collection of more than fifty poems and paintings divided into eight sections, one of America's most distinguished poets and anthologists, Lee Bennett Hopkins, and internationally acclaimed painter and printmaker Stephen Alcorn trace emotions of warfare from the American Revolution to the Iraq War. 

Warfare has taken -- continues to take -- a tremendous toll on every man, woman, and child in our society as war weaves itself into the fabric of our shared past, present, and future. Raw emotions and results of warfare are expressed here through voices of beloved poets such as Langston Hughes, Carl Sandburg, Walt Whitman, Denise Levertov, and e. e. cummings -- and are movingly combined with voices of newer poets, including several soldiers who had courage to write poetry from front lines. 

America at War exposes effects of war through hearts of poets and eyes of the artist, paying fitting tribute to those who have served, those now serving, and those who have given their lives so we all may live in peace.



"Christmas Night" in CHRISTMAS PRESENTS (An I Can Read Book 2), Harper Collins, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Melanie Hall, 2005.

About the Book
Deck the halls, trim the tree, and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!
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Poems in Anthologies & Professional Books


“Our Kittens” in ONE MINUTE TILL BEDTIME, selected by Kenn Nesbitt, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Spring 2016. 




“Petrified Forest” in BOOK OF NATURE POETRY, selected by J. Patrick Lewis, National Geographic Books, Fall, 2015.

About the Book 
When words in verse are paired with the awesomeness of nature, something magical happens! Beloved former U.S. Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis curates an exuberant poetic celebration of the natural world in this stellar collection of nature poems. From trickling streams to deafening thunderstorms to soaring mountains, discover majestic photography perfectly paired with contemporary (such as Billy Collins), classics (such as Robert Frost), and never-before-published works.




"Book Pillows" in JUMPING OFF LIBRARY SHELVES, Wordsong, Boyds Mills Press, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, September 2015.

About the Book 
Here is the library, not just as a place that houses books, but as an experience. Fifteen poems celebrate the thrill of getting your first library card, the excitement of story hour, the fun of using the computer, the pride of reading to the dog, and the joy of discovering that the librarian understands you and knows exactly which books you’ll love. The poems, compiled by noted poet and anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins, pay homage to the marvels of books and reading. Accompanied by Jane Manning’s colorful, imaginative illustrations, this collection lyrically celebrates the magic of libraries.




“Tonight” in THE POETRY FRIDAY FOR CELEBRATIONS, Pomelo Books, selected by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, 2015.









"Round and Round", "Sea Glass", "Asters" in WRITING IS MAGIC, OR IS IT?: USING MENTOR TEXT TO DEVELOP THE WRITER'S CRAFT, Shell Education, selected by Jennifer M. Bogard and Mary C. McMackin, 2015.

About the Book
Help students become strong writers and support their understanding of mentor texts with this practical, standards-based resource that dives deep into multiple genres such as poetry, narration, informational texts, literary nonfiction, and persuasion. Teach students how to read mentor texts for the purpose of writing as well as specific strategies that authors typically use in order to help students integrate their strategies into their own writing. This resource provides teachers with strategies and resources to encourage students to understand writing as a craft while using mentor texts to teach them different aspects of writing.



"Tricycle" in LULLABY AND KISSES SWEET: POEMS TO LOVE WITH YOUR BABY, Abrams, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Alyssa Nassner, April 2015.

About the Book
Beloved children’s poet and anthologizer Lee Bennett Hopkins has produced more than 100 volumes of poetry throughout his illustrious career, but Lullaby and Kisses Sweet is his first collection geared toward babies and toddlers. Featuring 30 original poems by esteemed children’s writers like Jane Yolen, Marilyn Singer, and J. Patrick Lewis, the book introduces the youngest readers to loving rhymes in a playful, accessible way.

This beautifully designed casebound board book is organized into five themes—Family, Food, “Firsts,” Playtime, and Bedtime—while cuddly, anthropomorphized animals make the poems friendly and relatable. Lullaby and Kisses Sweet fosters the love of poetry and is the perfect gift for babies, toddlers, and their poetry-loving parents.





"Sheep's Whisper" in MANGER, Erdmanns, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Helen Cann, September 2014.

About the Book
There is a legend that describes how, at midnight on Christmas Eve, all creatures are granted the power of speech for one hour. In this rich collection, Lee Bennett Hopkins and a dozen other poets imagine what responses they might offer. The poems represent a diverse group of animals, but all come together with one singular purpose: celebrating the joy of the miraculous event.

This collection of graceful poems provides readers with a Nativity story unlike any other -- at times gently humorous, at times profound, but always inviting readers to appreciate the wonder of Christmas. This book is a perfect gift for the holiday season.

Starred review in Kirkus
Publishers Weekly Review - This joyful collection of new and previously printed poems features creatures great and small heralding the arrival of Baby Jesus on Christmas Eve during the one hour, as legend has it, that God granted them the gift of human speech. Each of the brief entries—from Alma Flor Ada, Marilyn Nelson, Alice Schertle, and others—appears on its own spread, nestled alongside one of Cann’s (Brigid’s Cloak) watercolor and mixed-media paintings, whose detailed feathers, scales, and shaggy fur lend a realistic air. On the whole, the verses convey a sense of wonder, awe, and humility. “I tiptoe near;/ gaze down to see/ a babe—/ whose sweet arms/ welcome me,” says Jude Mandell’s “Curious Cat,” while Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s “Sheep Whisper” reads, “I’ve never seen a baby/ or so much golden light.” Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Available through Erdmanns 




















"My Bean Plant", "Listen", "How to Be a Scientist”, "Prism", "Meter Stick", "Sound Waves" in THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR SCIENCE, Pomelo Books, selected by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, 2014.

About the Book
The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science (Grades K-5) features 218 poems by 78 award-winning and popular poets, connecting science with reading and language arts. The “Take 5!” activities highlight concepts and topics identified in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as well state science standards such as the Texas TEKS. The "Take 5!" activities also incorporate the literacy skills identified in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Poetry TEKS.





"Do They Know?" in HIGH IMPACT WRITING CLINICS: 20 PROJECTABLE LESSONS FOR BUILDING LITERACY ACROSS CONTENT AREAS, Corwin, 2013.

About the Book
Move over, old-school writing lessons. In High-Impact Writing Clinics, teacher-poets Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger deliver 21st-century engagements in a 21st-century format that are certain to finally hook today’s i-touch generation on writing--and help meet the Common Core Standards, too.
How? Sara and Michael’s 20 high-energy projectable lessons for grades 4-8 harness the brevity and potency of poetry for teaching the intricate skills behind writing well in any subject. The 100 poems—set against vivid full-color photographs and graphics on more than 500 slides—serve as a springboard for activities in which students read, discuss, and write to meet the literacy objectives of the Common Core: 
Available through Corwin



"Chickadee" in STRATEGIES TO INTEGRATE THE ARTS IN LANGUAGE ARTS, Lesley University and Shell Education, selected by Jennifer M. Bogard and Donovan, 2013.

About the Book
This teacher-friendly resource provides practical arts-based strategies for classroom teachers to use in teaching language arts content. Overview information and model lessons are provided for each strategy and ideas are provided for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The strategies addressed within the book allow teachers to make language arts instruction come alive and best meet students' needs.

Sample Pages  HERE.



"First Practice" and "Saying No" in THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL,  Pomelo Books, selected by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, 2013.

About the Book
Meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in the English Language Arts (ELA) with Easy “Take 5” Poetry Lessons:
The Poetry Friday Anthology is a series for K-5 and Middle School (6-8) designed to help teachers meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in the English Language Arts (ELA). “Take 5” teaching tips for each poem provide step-by-step poetry lessons that address curriculum requirements.
The poems in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School (PFAMS) include examples of many techniques, forms, and elements—rhyme, repetition, and rhythm; metaphor and simile; personification; onomatopoeia; hyperbole; dramatic irony; and different forms (haiku, ghazal, sonnet, reverso, analogies, Intravista, and one-worders by Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis).

"Tooth", "Baby Tooth", "Vacation", "Out My Window", "A Quiet Day" in THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY (Common Core Edition & TEKS Edition), Pomelo Books, selected by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, September 2012.

About the Book
The Poetry Friday Anthology offers a set of 36 poems for each grade level, K-5 (a poem-a-week for the 9 months of the typical school year). Drawing on decades of experience in classrooms all over the world as well as volumes of academic research and writing, this book presents activities that are poem-specific, skill-based, developmentally appropriate for each weekly poem—and that connect to the Common Core standards for poetry instruction.
Much like "Casual Friday" in the corporate world, there is a perception in the world of literature that on Fridays we should relax a bit and take a moment for something special.
The Poetry Friday Anthology brings the Poetry Friday concept into your classroom and makes it easy for you to take five minutes every Friday to share a poem. Explore a poem, connecting it with children's lives and capitalizing on a teachable moment. Pausing to share a poem—and reinforce a language skill—on Poetry Friday is a simple and effective way to infuse poetry into your current teaching practice.
from the IRA's READING ONLINE blog - ...There are memorable poems from some of the stalwarts of this type of writing: Arnold Adoff, Nikki Grimes, Julie Larios, J. Patrick Lewis, Jack Prelutsky, Laura Purdie Salas, Eileen Spinelli, Janet Wong, and Jane Yolen. While many of the poems feature familiar names, verses by others, such as Guadalupe Garcia McCall and Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, show that the future of poetry is in good hands.  Be careful when reading this highly-addictive anthology...  

Common Core Edition
Available through Amazon
More Information at The Poetry Friday Anthology Blog

TEKS Edition
Available through Amazon
More Information at The Poetry Friday Anthology Blog 



"Lice" in NASTY BUGS, Dial, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Will Terry, 2012.

About the Book
A collection of creepy, crawly poems by some of today's most beloved children's poets

This tribute to the delightful nastiness of bugs features sixteen poems by accomplished children's poets, including Marilyn Singer, J. Patrick Lewis, and Rebecca Andrew Loescher. From "Ode to a Dead Mosquito" to "Termite Tune," this brightly illustrated, kid-friendly collection riffs on the details of the world's most infamous insects. Fun facts about the featured creatures round out this sure bet for poetry fans and bug enthusiasts alike.

from the GRANDPARENTS.COM Bookstore - As the title suggests, the poems in this collection from contemporary children's poets focus on the less lovable characteristics of certain insects; Terry's fuzzy-textured artwork follows suit, with cartoonishly monstrous depictions of bugs with scowling eyes, pointy teeth, and big appetites...Amy Ludwig Vanderwater describes a lice infestation ("Deep between our once clean sheets/ you roam like mini mice./ When we share hats we're sharing you/ like eggy leggy rice"), as a sufferer clutches at hair crawling with fanged purple bugs. A squirm-inducing tribute to our blood-sucking, garbage-eating insect friends. 

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"Writing Time" poem and process piece in the online resources for TRAITS WRITING, Scholastic, selected by Ruth Culham, 2012.

About the Book
A day-by-day, week-by-week, month-by-month plan for writing instruction based on a spiraled sequence of the Traits of Writing!  The Traits Writing™ program is organized as a spiraled sequence of the traits and their 4 key qualities. Key qualities define the traits in detail and give you concrete concepts for targeting writing instruction.
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"Artist's Advice" in THE ARROW FINDS ITS MARK: A BOOK OF FOUND POEMS, Roaring Brook, selected by Georgia Heard and illustrated by Antoine Guillope, 2012.

About the Book
Twitter feeds, school notes, advertisements, street signs--find poetry in the unlikely places with thirty comtemporary poets.
 
Imagine picking up a scrap of paper off the floor or reading a sign at a gas station or looking at graffiti on the subway and finding poetry in these words. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poems take existing text, reorder and refashion it, and present it as a poem. Youthful, urban, and ironic, this energetic and surprising poetic form demonstrates the beauty of everyday words and will inspire young poets to find their own poetry.



"Snow Gifts" in e-book GIFT TAG, selected by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell, 2011.

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What are your favorite holiday memories? Your favorite gifts? Jane Yolen writes about pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving; Douglas Florian about playing with dreidels; Lee Bennett Hopkins about the true meaning of Christmas; J. Patrick Lewis about Mew Year’s Day. Have you ever wondered what a spider thinks at Christmas? Have you ever given a gift that later made you wonder, “What were we thinking?” Do you remember your first bike, your first baseball glove, your first bottle of perfume? As with Vardell and Wong’s second book in the PoetryTagTime series, P*TAG, photos provide writing prompts for these and two dozen other poems that will bring back warm gingered memories of your own family celebrations.



"Stay Close" in WHAT I WISH FOR YOU, Skirt Books, selected by Patti Digh, 2011. 

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In the tradition of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, The Places You’ll Go! and Anna Quindlen’s A Short Guide to a Happy Life comes this gathering of wisdom ideal for any person, young or old(er), facing a transition. What advice do you wish you had heard—really heard—when you were graduating from high school or college? What words could you benefit from hearing again? When Patti Digh asked her readers this question as her own daughter was starting college, the resulting flood of pithy, heartfelt wisdom sparked the idea for this book. What flowed in was beautiful, thoughtful, poignant, and funny. Out of the hundreds of essays, six themes emerged: remember who you are, know what matters most, make peace with time, let go of certainty, learn every single day, open up your hand.

What I Wish for You features meaningful stories from Patti as well as illustrations and essays submitted by readers of her blog from around the world, resulting in a vibrant, intriguing, and life-affirming book ideal for the young graduate and beyond.



"My Hand" in e-book POETRY TAG TIME, selected by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, 2011.

About the Book
PoetryTagTime is a children's e-book anthology featuring rhyming poems, free verse poetry, inspirational poems, funny poems, narrative poems, lyrical poems, acrostic poems, personification poems, love poems, nature poems, and poems about life.



"Book" in I AM THE BOOK!, Holiday House, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Yayo, 2011.

About the Book
Readers will unlock a treasure trove of poems in this exuberant celebration of reading. A book is a wonderful, magical treat. The thirteen poems in this collection encourage young readers to snuggle up with a story and stretch their imaginations, to splash in a sea of tales by day and swashbuckle through chapters late at night. Playful illustrations by Yayo compliment thought-provoking poems by Jane Yolen, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Naomi Shihab Nye, and others.

Hear LeVar Burton of Reading Rainbow read my poem, ‘Book’, from I Am The Book by Lee Bennett Hopkins HERE.



"Bathtime" in DIZZY DINOSAURS: SILLY DINO POEMS, HarperCollins, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Barry Gott, 2011.

About the Book
What if your favorite dinosaurs could sing and play like you? Find out in these delightfully dizzy poems!






"Apple Pockets" and "Wildflower Dance" in SHARING THE SEASONS, McElderry, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by David Diaz, 2010. (2010 Cybils Finalist)

About the Book
A Combining a diverse selection of classic quotations and forty-eight poems, twelve for each of the four seasons, with the energetic and colorful paintings of a Caldecott Medal winning illustratror, this is the definitive collection of poems about the seasons for children and adults. Spring births a polliwog that becomes a "full frog"; in summer, wildflowers choreograph an extravaganza; autumn's apples are found in generations of people's pockets; and winter's snowfall makes inanimate objects more beautiful than we could ever imagine. In addition to master poets Carl Sandburg, Richard Brautigan, Joseph Bruhac, and Karla Kuskin, twenty-nine of the poems have been especially commissioned by a host of contemporary poets such as Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Joan Bransfield Graham, J. Patrick Lewis, and Marilyn Singer. 

The exciting, bold palette of Caldecott Medallist David Diaz brings the seasons to life and asks us to look at the seasons all over again, for the first time.



"Two Puzzling" in INCREDIBLE INVENTIONS, Greenwillow, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated Julia Sarcone-Roach, 2009. (2009 NCTE Poetry Notable)

About the Book
Inventions can be big, like roller coasters, or small, like crayons. And inventors can be scientists or athletes or even boys and girls! It's hard to imagine life without Popsicles, basketball, or Band-Aids, but they all started with just one person and a little imagination.
With sixteen original poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and Julia Sarcone-Roach's imaginative artwork, Incredible Inventions celebrates creativity that comes in all shapes and sizes.
What will you invent today?



"School Play" in HAMSTERS, SHELLS, AND SPELLING BEES (An I Can Read Book 2), HarperCollins, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa, 2008.

About the Book
From the very first day of the school year, there is so much to do! So grab your backpack, hop on that school bus, and don't forget your lunch. Whether you're practicing for the spelling bee or getting ready for the big school play, there isn't a moment to lose!
Lee Bennett Hopkins delivers an assortment of twenty spectacular poems from writers such as Jane Yolen, Alice Schertle, and J. Patrick Lewis that are perfect for show-and-tell. Sachiko Yoshikawa's vivid illustrations are sure to delight the whole class!



"A Song I Sang," "2," and "Read (Don't Wread)" in PLAYING WITH POEMS: WORD STUDY LESSONS FOR SHARED READING, Heinemann, selected by Zoe Ryder White, 2008.

About the Book
Why aren’t there more good poems for use in shared reading? Poems that address key curricular goals while making the most of young children’s love of rhythm and rhyme? Now, thanks to Zoë Ryder White, there are. She’s stocked Playing with Poems with lessons built around 44 brand-new, original poems written precisely for word study.
 Only a teacher could write both poems filled with word study concepts and lessons that help children internalize them. Through a shared reading framework, White presents word study lessons that target literacy foundations such as: concepts about print, rhythm and rhyme, sight words, spelling patterns, and vocabulary.



"Front Porch Knitting" in AMERICA AT WAR, Simon & Schuster, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Stephen Alcorn, 2008.

About the Book
In this ever-timely collection of more than fifty poems and paintings divided into eight sections, one of America's most distinguished poets and anthologists, Lee Bennett Hopkins, and internationally acclaimed painter and printmaker Stephen Alcorn trace emotions of warfare from the American Revolution to the Iraq War. 

Warfare has taken -- continues to take -- a tremendous toll on every man, woman, and child in our society as war weaves itself into the fabric of our shared past, present, and future. Raw emotions and results of warfare are expressed here through voices of beloved poets such as Langston Hughes, Carl Sandburg, Walt Whitman, Denise Levertov, and e. e. cummings -- and are movingly combined with voices of newer poets, including several soldiers who had courage to write poetry from front lines. 

America at War exposes effects of war through hearts of poets and eyes of the artist, paying fitting tribute to those who have served, those now serving, and those who have given their lives so we all may live in peace.



"Christmas Night" in CHRISTMAS PRESENTS (An I Can Read Book 2), Harper Collins, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Melanie Hall, 2005.

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Deck the halls, trim the tree, and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!


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Songs
“More Than a Number” with Barry Lane - Spring 2012 












Poems in Magazines
LADYBUG
"Jack O'Lantern"
"My Bear"
"Home"
"Travel" - September 2014.

EDIBLE BUFFALO
“Apple Pockets.” - Fall 2010.
"Spring."- Spring 2012.
"April Waking."- Spring 2013.

JOURNAL OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
"Reading."- Fall 2011.

BOOK LINKS
"The Poem Fire."- April 2011.
Songs
“More Than a Number” with Barry Lane - Spring 2012 












Poems in Magazines
LADYBUG
"Jack O'Lantern"
"My Bear"
"Home"
"Travel" - September 2014.

EDIBLE BUFFALO
“Apple Pockets.” - Fall 2010.
"Spring."- Spring 2012.
"April Waking."- Spring 2013.

JOURNAL OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
"Reading."- Fall 2011.

BOOK LINKS
"The Poem Fire."- April 2011.
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 Watch this public service announcement by Mr. Pace’s Honors English II class in Calmon, Idaho featuring my poem, “Are you There, God?”
Hear LeVar Burton of Reading Rainbow read my poem, ‘Book’, from I Am The Book by Lee Bennett Hopkins.