Friday, January 09, 2015

Sneak Peek list of poetry for young people in 2015

It's time again to forecast the new poetry to be published for children and teens in 2015. I've scoured all my usual sources (notes, emails, newsletters, publisher previews, etc.) and this is the list (so far). I know there will be more and I hope you'll alert me to any books I've missed. (For example, there have to be a LOT more novels-in-verse coming. I have very few on my list thus far.) But I'll be adding to this list all year long and even have a link to this list posted in the sidebar of this blog, so you can refer to it any time. I hope to get copies of these (and look for more at the ALA Midwinter conference at the end of the month) and post more info as they roll out. I'm already working on more installments in my "Poet to Poet" interview series and other fun surprises. Meanwhile, here we go:
  1. Appelt, Kathi. 2015. Counting Crows. Ill. by Rob Dunlavey. New York: Simon & Schuster/Atheneum.
  2. Argueta, Jorge. 2015. Salsa: Un poema para cocinar/ A Cooking Poem (Bilingual Cooking Poems). Ill. by Duncan Tonatiuh and Elisa Amado. Toronto, Canada: Groundwood. 
  3. Ashman, Linda. 2015. Over the River & Through the Wood: A Holiday Adventure. Ill. by Kim Smith. New York: Sterling.
  4. Ashman, Linda. 2015. Rock-a-Bye Romp. Ill. by Simona Mulazzani. New York: Penguin.
  5. Bodger, Holly. 2015. 5 to 1. New York: Knopf. 
  6. Booth, David. 2015. Head to Toe Spaghetti and Other Tasty Poems. Ill. by Les Drew. Rubicon Publishing. 
  7. Brown, Calef. 2015. Hypnotize a Tiger: Poems About Just About Everything. New York: Macmillan/Henry Holt/Ottaviano.
  8. Brown, Margaret Wise. 2015. Goodnight Songs: A Celebration of the Seasons. New York: Sterling.
  9. Bulion, Leslie. 2015. Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse. Atlanta: Peachtree.
  10. Cannon, Nick. 2015. Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems. New York: Scholastic.
  11. Cleary, Brian P. 2015. Chips and Cheese and Nana’s Knees: What is Alliteration? Ill. by Martin Goneau. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook.
  12. Cleary, Brian P. 2015. Something Sure Smells Around Here: Limericks. (A Poetry Adventure) Ill. by Andy Rowland. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook.
  13. Collins, Billy. 2015. Voyage. Ill. by Karen Romagna. Bunker Hill.
  14. Crossan, Sarah. 2015. One. Bloomsbury.
  15. Crowder, Melanie. 2015. Audacity. New York: Philomel.
  16. Daniel, Danielle. 2015. Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox. Toronto: Groundwood. 
  17. Dooley, Sarah. 2015. Free Verse. Putnam.
  18. Engle, Margarita. 2015. Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  19. Engle, Margarita. 2015. Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir. New York: Atheneum.
  20. Engle, Margarita. 2015. Orangutanka: A Story in Poems. Ill. by Renee Kurilla. New York: Holt. 
  21. Engle, Margarita. 2015. The Sky Painter: Louis Fuertes, Bird Artist. Ill. by Aliona Bereghici. Seattle, WA: Two Lions. 
  22. Florian, Douglas. 2015. How to Draw a Dragon. New York: Beach Lane Books.
  23. Franco, Betsy. 2015. A Spectacular Selection of Sea Critters. Ill. by Michael Wertz. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook.
  24. Frost, Helen. 2015. Sweep Up the Sun. Ill. by Rick Lieder. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  25. Grimes, Nikki. 2015. Poems in the Attic. Ill. by Elizabeth Zunon. New York: Lee & Low. 
  26. Hammill, Elizabeth. Ed. 2015. Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  27. Hasak-Lowy, Todd. 2015. Me Being Me Is Exactly As Insane As You Being You: A Novel in Lists. New York: Simon Pulse. 
  28. Herz, Henry. 2015. Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes. Gretna, LA: Pelican.
  29. High, Linda Oatman. 2015. A Heart Like Ringo Starr. Saddleback.
  30. Hilton, Marilyn. 2015. Full Cicada Moon. New York: Dial.
  31. Holt, K. A. 2015. House Arrest. San Francisco: Chronicle.
  32. Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Ed. 2015. Amazing Places. New York: Lee & Low.
  33. Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Sel. 2015. Jumping Off Library Shelves: A Book of Poems. Ill. by Jane Manning. 
  34. Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Sel. 2015. Lullaby & Kisses Sweet: Poems to Love with Your Baby. Ill. by Alyssa Nassner. New York: Abrams. 
  35. Hosford, Kate. 2015. Feeding the Flying Fanellis. Ill. by Cosei Kawa. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner/Carolrhoda. 
  36. Hoyte, Carol-Ann. Ed. 2015. Dear Tomato: An International Crop of Food & Agriculture Poems. Charleston, SC: CreateSpace.
  37. Hughes, Langston. 2015. Sail Away. Ill. by Ashley Bryan. New York: Atheneum. 
  38. Janeczko, Paul B. Sel. 2015. The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects. Ill. by Chris Raschka. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  39. Jaskulka, Marie. 2015. The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl & Random Boy. New York: Sky Pony Press.
  40. Jensen, Cordelia. 2015. Skyscraping. New York: Philomel.
  41. Lauer, Brett Fletcher and Melnick, Lynn. Eds. 2015. Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation. New York: Viking.
  42. Lewis, J. Patrick and Nesbitt, Kenn. 2015. Bigfoot is Missing! San Francisco: Chronicle.
  43. Lewis, J. Patrick. 2015. Just Joking Animal Riddles. Washington DC: National Geographic.
  44. Lewis, J. Patrick. Ed. 2015. National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry. Washington DC: National Geographic.
  45. Ling, Nancy Tupper. 2015. Double Happiness. San Francisco: Chronicle.
  46. Lyons, Stefanie. 2015. Dating Down. Woodbury, MN: Flux. 
  47. Martin, Emily Winfield. 2015. The Wonderful Things You Will Be: A Growing-Up Poem. New York: Random House.
  48. Nelson, Marilyn. 2014. My Seneca Village. Namelos.
  49. Paschkis, Julie. 2015. Flutter & Hum: Animal Poems/ Aleteo y Zumbido: Poemas de Animales. New York: Holt. 
  50. Raczka, Bob. 2015. Presidential Misadventures: Poems that Poke Fun at the Man in Charge. Ill. by Dan Burr. New York: Roaring Brook. 
  51. Rose, Caroline Starr. 2015. Blue Birds. New York: Putnam.
  52. Rosen, Michael J. 2015. The Maine Coon's Haiku and Other Poems for Cat Lovers. Ill. by Lee White. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  53. Rosen, Michael. 2015. A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  54. Rosenthal, Betsy R. 2015. An Ambush of Tigers: A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns. Ill. by Jago. Brookfield, CT: Lerner/Millbrook.
  55. Ruddell, Deborah. 2015. The Popcorn Astronauts and Other Biteable Rhymes. Ill. by Joan Rankin. New York: McElderry/Simon & Schuster.
  56. Salas, Laura Purdie. 2015. A Rock Can Be… Ill. by Violeta Dabija. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook.
  57. Sanders, Nancy I. 2015. A Pirate’s Mother Goose. Chicago: Albert Whitman. 
  58. Shields, Carol Diggory. 2015. After the Bell Rings: Poems about After-School Time. Ill. by Paul Meisel. New York: Dial.
  59. Smith, Charles R. Jr. 28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World. Ill. by Shane W. Evans. New York: Macmillan.
  60. Sonnichsen, A. L. 2015. Red Butterfly. Ill. by Amy June Bates. New York: Simon & Schuster. 
  61. Styles, Morag and Spencer, Aisha. 2015. Give the Ball to the Poet: A New Anthology of Caribbean Poetry. Ill. by Jane Ray. Commonwealth Education Trust Books.
  62. Vardell, Sylvia and Wong, Janet. 2015. Eds. The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations: Holiday Poems for the Whole Year in English and Spanish. Princeton, NJ: Pomelo Books.
  63. Vardell, Sylvia and Wong, Janet. Eds. 2015. The Poetry of Science: The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science for Kids. (Children's Edition). Princeton, NJ: Pomelo Books.
  64. Wardlaw, Lee. 2015. Won Ton and Chopstick: A Cat and Dog Tale Told in Haiku. Ill. by Eugene Yelchin. New York: Holt.
  65. Weatherford, Carole Boston. Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America. Ill. by Jamey Christoph. Chicago: Albert Whitman.
  66. Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2015. Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  67. Williams, Carol Lynch. 2015. Never Said. Blink.
  68. Yolen, Jane. 2015. Sing a Season Song. Minneapolis, MN: Creative Editions.
  69. Yoon, JooHee. 2015. Beastly Verse. New York: Enchanted Lion Books.
  70. Young, Ed. 2015. You Should Be a River: A Poem About Love. New York: Little, Brown.
  71. Young, Judy. Sleepy Snoozy Cozy Coozy. Ill. by Michael Glenn Monroe. Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press.
  72. Zolotow, Charlotte. 2015.  Changes: A Child’s First Poetry Collection. Ill. Tiphanie Beeke. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks. 
And these are not poetry, per se, but I can't wait to see them and must include them here:
*Kousky, Vern. 2015. Otto the Owl Who Loved Poetry. New York: Penguin/Paulsen.
*Burgess, Matthew. 2015. Enormous Smallness: A Story of e e cummings. Ill. by Kris Di Giacomo. 
*McNamara, Margaret. 2015. A Poem in Your Pocket (Mr. Tiffin's Classroom Series). Ill. by G. Brian Karas. New York: Schwartz & Wade. 
*Tate, Don. 2015. Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree.

[Thanks to Jeannine Atkins for the nudge to add Vardell & Wong to the list! Unbelievably, I forgot to include my own new book with Janet featuring 115 fabulous poets and all new poems. That made me laugh!]

Now head on over to Tabatha's place for the Poetry Friday gathering at The Opposite of Indifference. I have a link to all the Poetry Friday hosts (for half of 2015) in my blog sidebar too (thank you, Mary Lee), just FYI. 

Image credit: I created this crazy quilt of book covers, but obviously each publisher is the image source.
Posting by Sylvia M. Vardell © 2015. All rights reserved.


Caroline Starr Rose said...


I have a historical verse novel coming out 3/10 called BLUE BIRDS.

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Sylvia! This list was tremendously useful to me last year when I was scheduling for my spotlight features on Today's Little Ditty. I'm sure it will come in handy for this year as well!

Penny Parker Klostermann said...

What a lot to look forward to! I am going to start building my library list!

Library Lady said...

Looks like a great line up!!

jama said...

Thank you, Sylvia! I always look forward to this list :).

Kathi Appelt said...

I'm so happy to be included in your list! The counting crows and I thank you!

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater said...

You are so generous, Sylvia. Thank you again! It's going to be a great year! x, a.

Irene Latham said...

Thank you, Sylvia! Those are some lovely covers (and I know creating that took a wee bit a time!). Love that this list will be in a sidebar... I refer to it often throughout the year. xo

Tricia said...

Thanks for sharing this Sylvia. I am so excited about a number of these titles.

Catherine Johnson said...

Ooh it's like entering a sweet shop!

Jeannine Atkins said...

Joining in with great thanks! I do spy a hole. Some lovely, modest ladies named Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong edited a book called The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations -- can't wait!

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Ms. Lee Wardlaw said...

Oh, boy, oh, boy! Thanks, Sylvia!

Sylvia Vardell said...

Hey, poetry friends, thanks so much for your sweet comments. I LOVE making this list and can't wait to get and read all these books. (And you're right, Irene, making this quilt of covers was a fun challenge! I've tweaked it a bunch of times!)
Here's to another wonderful year of poetry and hanging out with this lovely poetry community!

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

Thanks for this list, Sylvia! I love seeing all this poetry coming out this year. Don't forget, there's a new PF Anthology, too! ;)

Also, Carol-Ann Hoyte's anthology, "Dear Tomato: An International Crop of Food & Agriculture Poems" is due sometime in the first half of the year.

Tamera Will Wissinger said...

Thanks for compiling this list, Sylvia. What a nice group of poetry books. Earlier this week the novel in verse, AUDACITY, by Melanie Crowder released.

Linda said...

Another great list! I've already pre-ordered some of these titles and plan to order many more. Thank you so much, Sylvia. BTW, Margarita is on fire! I'm especially looking forward to Orangutanka!

Mary Lee said...

My poetry stomach is GROWLING in anticipation! So. Many. Great. Books!

(You are welcome for the code!)

Carol said...

I cannot wait for these - going to start looking at the library now!! As a literacy coach at a dual language school, I'm especially excited about your new book! I can never find enough Spanish poetry to share!

Sylvia Vardell said...

Thanks, y'all, for more comments and all your enthusiasm. I've added AUDACITY and DEAR TOMATO. Thanks for the heads up, Tamera and Matt-- do you know the publisher for DEAR TOMATO?
And, everyone, I'll keep adding titles all year long, so please keep me posted.
Happy new year!

LInda Baie said...

My list grows longer, Sylvia. Thank you again for this fabulous list. Celebrations will be happening all the year!

Doraine Bennett said...

Adding to the pile! Thanks so much.

Buffy Silverman said...

Great list--so many books to look forward to! Thanks, Sylvia.

Bridget Magee said...

SO much good reading to look forward to this year! Thank you for the "sneak peek", Sylvia. =)

Myra Garces Bacsal said...

What an exciting year to have so many great poetry books to look out for. I'm excited to read Enchanted Air by Margarita Engle! :)

Catherine said...

So many wonderful books to look forward to. Thanks so much for putting this list together.

Charles Waters said...

Can't wait to read as many books as possible. You're such a giving person it doesn't surprise me that you almost for you and Janet's book. VARDELL POWER!

Anonymous said...

Hi. My rhyming picture book, Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes, was recently published by Pelican.
-Henry Herz

EmilyDickinson1000 said...

Thanks for a wonderful list; can't wait to read.

Agata said...


I was wondering if you are accepting books for reviews? I write funky poems for children and adults. Please visit my website . Thank you.

Sharon Campbell said...

A family of one of my students gave me a generous Barnes & Noble gift card. This wonderful list and that card will be used today! Thanks you.