Tuesday, April 23, 2019


Time for one more pet-themed poem!

This time, poet Helen Frost's poem, "Disappointed" is brought to life in this video created by Amy T. and cleverly narrated by kids! You'll find this poem in Pet Crazy: A Poetry Friday Power Book (Pomelo Books, 2017). 

Monday, April 22, 2019

Please, Mommy, Please

Ready for something fun and playful? 

Check out this poem video for the poem, "Please, Mommy, Please" by Janice Harrington from the book Pet Crazy: A Poetry Friday Power Book (Pomelo Books, 2017). 

Sally S. created this appealing video featuring that poem. 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Fake News

Janet Wong tackled a tough topic in her poem, "Fake News" from Here We Go: A Poetry Friday Power Book (Pomelo Books, 2017). 

Then Adrianna S. turned it into an engaging poetry video. Check it out!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

In the Life of a Substitute

For all the teachers--and substitute teachers-- here's a poem just for you!

Janequeal S. created this poem video for the poem, "In the Life of a Substitute" by Lydia Breiseth from GREAT Morning! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud (Pomelo Books, 2018). Enjoy!

Friday, April 19, 2019

TLA Poetry Round Up

Look at this wonderful group of poets with me! (L-R: Janet Wong, Leslie Bulion, Alan Katz, Laura Purdie Salas, David Elliott, David Bowles, Kip Wilson, and Marilyn Singer) We had a fantastic time at the 15th annual Poetry Round Up at the annual Texas Library Association annual conference in Austin, TX. Each poet shared excerpts from a current book and the audience was enthralled to hear each poem read aloud by the poet who authored it. We heard serious, silly, moving, and fascinating poems from picture book collections, novels in verse, and anthologies. It was an amazing and magical morning! 

Featured Poets:

Select Bibliography of Books by Poetry Round Up Poets
Bowles, David. 2018. They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid's Poems. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.
Bulion, Leslie. 2019. Superlative Birds. Atlanta: Peachtree. 
Elliott, David. 2019. Voices. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 
Katz, Alan. 2008. Oops: Poems I Wrote When No One Was Looking. Ill. by Ed Koren. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Salas, Laura Purdie. 2019. In the Middle of the Night: Poems from a Wide-Awake House. Ill. by Angela Matteson. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills/Wordsong.
Salas, Laura Purdie. 2019. Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons. Ill. by Mercé López. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press.
Salas, Laura Purdie. 2019. Snowman – Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations. Ill. by Micha Archer. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
Singer, Marilyn. 2018. Have You Heard About Lady Bird: Poems about Our First Ladies.New York: Disney-Hyperion.
Singer, Marilyn. 2019. I’m the Big One Now!: Poems about Growing Up. Ill. by Jana Christy. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills/Wordsong.
Singer, Marilyn. 2019. Who Named Their Pony Macaroni? Ill. by Ryan McAmis. New York: Disney-Hyperion.
Vardell, Sylvia and Wong, Janet. 2018. Great Morning!: Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud. Pomelo Books.
Wilson, Kip. 2019. White Rose. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Wong, Janet S. 2019. A Suitcase of Seaweed & More. Princeton: NJ: Yuzu Books.

Now, be sure and visit the Poem Farm where the lovely Amy LV is hosting our Poetry Friday gathering.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

A Weekend Away

Here's a poem video with a camping theme just in time for summer preparations!

Enjoy the poem "A Weekend Away" by Janet Wong from Pet Crazy: A Poetry Friday Power Book (Pomelo Books, 2017). Michelle O. created this special video based on Janet's poem. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Lost and Found

And here are still more wonderful poem videos for celebrating National Poetry Month! 

Here, Nicole G. created a poem video for "Lost and Found" by Laura Shovan from Pet Crazy: A Poetry Friday Power Book (Pomelo Books, 2017).

You'll find it by clicking on this link. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Questions, Questions

Happy National Poetry Month! 

The fun continues with this poem video created by Megan L. for "Questions, Questions" by Janet Wong from Pet Crazy: A Poetry Friday Power Book (Pomelo Books, 2017.) 

Monday, April 15, 2019

School Bake Sale

Ready for more?

Here's a poem video created by Dacari L. for the poem, "School Bake Sale" by Elaine Magliaro from GREAT Morning! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud (Pomelo Books, 2018). Enjoy!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Report Cards

Watch another wonderful one-minute poem video to celebrate National Poetry Month. Leane K. created this video for Janet Wong's poem, "Report Cards" from GREAT Morning! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud (Pomelo Books, 2018).