Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sneak Peek 2011

It's time again for my sneak peek at the poetry books for young people set to be published in the coming year (2011). I've combed the catalogs, talked with publishers, emailed poets, and scanned my poetry radar for any tidbits about forthcoming titles. I'm sure I have missed some and I hope readers will comment or contact me with any omissions. I actually add to this list (and this posting) all year long to keep it current. (Last year's list eventually totaled 65!) I find this list a handy reference tool and I hope you will too.

I'm also excited once again to see over 30 titles on the horizon so far-- by a variety of known and new names. Anthologies, novels in verse, humor, concrete poetry, poet biographies, haiku, Mother Goose, and more. I've also included a few books that are not poetry, per se, but include poetry or are about poetry. I've read a handful of them already and you are in for a treat! Here we go...

  1. Ada, Alma Flor and Campoy, F. Isabel. 2011. Ten Little Puppies; Diez perritos. New York: Rayo/HarperCollins.
  2. Adoff, Arnold. 2011. Roots and Blues; A Celebration. New York: Clarion.
  3. Aronson, Marc and Smith, Charles R. Eds. 2011. Pick-Up Game; A Full Day of Full Court. Somerville, MA: Candlewick. (includes some poetry)
  4. Bartlett, Jennifer; Black, Sheila and Northen, Michael. Eds. 2011. Beauty is a Verb; The New Poetry of Disability. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.
  5. Bell, Marvin.  A Primer About the Flag. Ill. by Chris Raschka. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  6. Brown, Monica. 2011. Pablo Neruda. Ill. by Julie Paschkis. New York: Henry Holt.
  7. Bulion, Leslie. 2011. At the Sea Floor Café; Odd Ocean Critter Poems. Ill. by Leslie Evans. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree.
  8. Chaltas, Thalia. 2011. Displacement. New York: Viking.
  9. Crews, Nina. 2011. Neighborhood Sing Along. New York: HarperCollins.
  10. Curtis, Tony. 2011. An Elephant Called Rex and A Dog Called Dumbo: An A to Z of Children's Poetry. Ill. by Pat Mooney. London: Black Hills Press.
  11. Dakos, Kalli. 2011. A Funeral in the Bathroom and Other School Bathroom Poems. Chicago: Albert Whitman.
  12. Durango, Julia. 2011. Under the Mambo Moon. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
  13. Engle, Margarita. 2011. Hurricane Dancers; The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck. New York: Henry Holt.
  14. Foster, John. Ed. 2011. Cockadoodle Moo. London: Oxford University Press.
  15. Franco, Betsy. 2011. A Dazzling Display of Dogs. Ill. by Michael Wertz. Berkeley, CA: Tricycle.
  16. Frost, Helen. 2011. Hidden. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
  17. George, Kristine O’Connell. 2011. Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems. Ill. by Nancy Carpenter. New York: Clarion.
  18. Gerstein, Mordicai. 2011. Dear Hot Dog. New York: Abrams.
  19. Gibson, Amy. 2011. Around the World on Eighty Legs: Animals Poems. Ill. by Daniel Salmieri. New York: Scholastic.
  20. Golio, Gary. 2011. When Bob Met Woody; The Story of the Young Bob Dylan. Ill. by Marc Burckhardt. New York:  Little Brown. (not poetry, but includes focus on poetry)
  21. Greenfield, Eloise. 2011. The Great Migration: Journey to the North. Ill. by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. New York: Amistad/HarperCollins.
  22. Grimes, Nikki. 2011. Planet Middle School. New York: Bloomsbury.
  23. Ham, Catherine. 2011. Animal Naps. Waynesville, NC: EarlyLight Books.
  24. Hauth, Katherine. 2011. What’s for Dinner? Quirky, Squirmy Poems from the Animal World. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
  25. Heidbreder, Robert. 2011. Shake Awakes. Ill. by Marc Mongeau. Vancouver: Tradewind Books.
  26. Henderson, Kathy. 2011. Hush, Baby, Hush! Lullabies from Around the World. Ill. by Pam Smy. Seattle: Frances Lincoln.
  27. Herrera, Juan Felipe. 2011. Skate Fate. New York: HarperCollins.
  28. Hines, Anna Grossnickle. 2011. Peaceful Pieces; Poems and Quilts About Peace. New York: Henry Holt.
  29. Holbrook, Sara. 2011. Weird? (Me, Too!) Let's Be Friends. Ill. by Karen Sandstrom. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press.
  30. Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Ed. 2011. Dizzy Dinosaurs; An I Can Read Book. New York: HarperCollins.
  31. Hopkins, Lee Bennett. 2011. Hear my Prayer. Grand Rapids, MI: Zonderkidz.
  32. Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Ed. 2011. I am the Book. New York: Holiday House.
  33. Janeczko, Paul B. 2011. Requiem; Poems of the Terezín Ghetto. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  34. Katz, Alan. 2011. Poems I Wrote When No One Was Looking. Ill. by Ed Koren. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  35. Katz, Susan. 2011. The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems About U.S. Presidents. New York: Clarion.
  36. Kehoe, Stasia Ward. 2011. Audition. New York: Viking.
  37. Kinerk, Robert. 2011. Oh, How Sylvester Can Pester!: And Other Poems More or Less About Manners. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  38. Lai, Thanhha. 2011. Inside Out and Back Again. New York: HarperCollins.
  39. Lear, Edward/Pinkwater, Daniel. 2011. His Shoes Were Far Too Tight. Ill. by Calef Brown. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle.
  40. Lee, Claudia M. Ed. 2011. Mandaderos de la lluvia/Messengers of Rain. Ill. by Rafael Yockteng. Toronto: Groundwood. (new bilingual edition)
  41. Lewis, J. Patrick and Yolen, Jane. 2011. Self Portrait with Seven Fingers: A Life of Marc Chagall in Verse. Mankato, MN: Creative Editions.
  42. Marcus, Kimberly. 2011. exposed. New York: Random House.
  43. McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. 2011. Under the Mesquite. New York: Lee & Low.
  44. McGough, Roger. 2011. Imaginary Menagerie. London: Frances Lincoln.
  45. McKissack, Patricia. 2011. Never Forgotten. Ill. by Leo and Diane Dillon. New York: Schwartz & Wade.
  46. Mitton, Tony. 2011. Come Into This Poem. London: Frances Lincoln.
  47. Moses, Brian. Ed. 2011. Best of Enemies, Best of Friends. New York: Hachette.
  48. Murphy, Sally. 2011. Pearl Verses the World. Somerville, MA: Cambridge. (Not poetry, but a novel about a girl who writes poetry)
  49. Myers, Walter Dean. 2011. We are America; A Tribute from the Heart. Ill. by Christopher Myers. New York: HarperCollins.
  50. Navasky, Bruno. Ed. 2011. Poem in Your Pocket for Young Poets; 100 Poems to Rip Out & Read. New York: Abrams.
  51. Nursery Rhyme Comics; 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists. New York: First Second.
  52. Ostlere, Cathy. 2011. Karma. New York: Razorbill.
  53. Ostow, Micol. 2011. family. New York: Egmont.
  54. Parsons, Trevor. 2011. Hear Here! London: Hands Up Books.
  55. Peck, Jan and Davis, David. Eds. 2011. The Green Mother Goose; Saving the World One Rhyme at a Time. Ill. by Carin Berger. New York: Sterling.
  56. Porter, Pamela. 2011. I'll Be Watching. Toronto: Groundwood.
  57. Raczka, Bob. 2011. Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word. New York: Roaring Brook.
  58. Rasmussen, Halfdan. 2011. A Little Bitty Man and Other Poems for the Very Young. Translated by Marilyn Nelson and Pamela Espeland. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  59. Rooney, Rache. 2011. The Language of Cat. London: Frances Lincoln.
  60. Rosen, Michael J. 2011. The Hound Dog’s Haiku and Other Poems for Dog Lovers. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick.
  61. Ruesga, Rita Rosa. 2011. Cantaba la rana/The Frog Was Singing. Ill. by Soledad Sebastián. New York: Scholastic.
  62. Salas, Laura Purdie. 2011. BookSpeak!. Ill. by Josee Bisaillon. New York: Clarion.
  63. Schroeder, Lisa. 2011.The Day Before. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  64. Shahan, Sherry. 2011. Purple Daze. Philadelphia, PA: Running Press Kids.
  65. Silverstein, Shel. 2011. Every Thing On It. New York: HarperCollins.
  66. Simon, John O. Ed. 2011. Cyclops Wearing Flip-Flops. San Francisco: Center for the Art of Translation.
  67. Singer, Marilyn. 2011. A Full Moon is Rising. New York: Lee & Low.
  68. Singer, Marilyn. 2011. A Stick Is an Excellent Thing. Ill. by LeUyen Pham. New York: Clarion.
  69. Singer, Marilyn. 2011. Twosomes: Love Poems from the Animal Kingdom. New York: Knopf.
  70. Sis, Peter. 2011. The Conference of the Birds. New York: Penguin. (Based on a classic Sufi epic poem)
  71. Stevenson, Robert Louis. 2011. A Child’s Garden of Verses. Ill. by Barbara McClintock. New York: HarperCollins.
  72. Thompson, Holly. 2011. Orchards. New York: Random House.
  73. Van Cleave, Ryan G. 2011. Unlocked. New York: Walker.
  74. Vardell, Sylvia and Wong, Janet. Eds. 2011. P*TAG. Seattle:
  75. Vardell, Sylvia and Wong, Janet. Eds. 2011. PoetryTagTime. Seattle:
  76. Vardell, Sylvia and Wong, Janet. Eds. 2011. Gift Tag: Holiday Poetry for Children and Young Adults. Seattle:
  77. Wardlaw, Lee. 2011. Won Ton; A Cat Tale Told in Haiku. Ill. by Eugene Yelchin. New York: Henry Holt.
  78. Warren, Celia. Ed. 2011. RSPB Anthology of Wildlife Poetry. London: A&C Black.
  79. Weber, Lori. 2011. Yellow Mini. London: Fitzhenry & Whiteside.
  80. Wheeler, Lisa. 2011. Spinster Goose; Twisted Rhymes for Naughty Children. Ill. by Sophie Blackall. New York: Atheneum.
  81. Wolf, Allan. 2011. The Watch That Ends the Night; Voices from the Titanic. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  82. Wong, Janet. 2011. Once Upon A Tiger; New Beginnings for Endangered Animals.
  83. Yolen, Jane. 2011. Birds of a Feather. Ill. by Jason Stemple. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press.
  84. Yoon, Salina. 2011. One Two, Buckle My Shoe. New York: Random House.
  85. Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn. 2011. Cousins of Clouds; Elephant Poems. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
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Amy L V said...

I am wiping the drool from my chin. Thank you, Sylvia, for setting the table for the year ahead. You're a poetry detective, and I'm grateful! (Is it difficult to sneak up on the books in your wild tights?) I'll be linking to this...

Sylvia Vardell said...

Thanks, Amy-- my pleasure-- and thanks for linking. I wore blue plaid tights today as a matter of fact!

Shoshana said...

Wow, it's going to be a good year!

Bridget R. Wilson said...

What a great list. You're right, Sylvia. It's a wonderful resource for the coming year. Many thanks!

Michele Krueger said...

Thanks, Sylvia. It's great to see at a glance who's writing, what themes are current and which publishers are publishing in 2011! I appreciate your passion for the genre and value your research. I only wish Dear One could be more widely distributed!
Best regards and wishing you much aMUSEment in 2011!
There's a storm brewing up north, so watch out for Amy's drool!
Michele Krueger

Lee Wardlaw said...

Thanks so much for the sneak peek at my book Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku! So far it's received two starred reviews - - from Kirkus and Booklist. Pub date is Feb. 15th. Best fishes and warmest purrs, Ms. Lee Wardlaw

laurasalas said...

Oooooh! So many books to look forward to! Thanks, Sylvia, for putting a bunch of them on my radar. Some I was already waiting for, but others I've never heard of. You are such a great resource!

Sylvia Vardell said...

Thanks, all, for reading, commenting, and supporting. I'm always so tickled when all you POETS post! It's such a lovely community of people. I just can't wait to see all your new books!

Elaine Magliaro said...


Thanks for this sneak peek. Can't wait to see some of these books.

BTW, I believe Joyce Sidman and Beth Krommes have a picture book for younger children titled “Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature” coming out in the fall.

I was so excited when ALA announced that Sidman's "Dark Emperor" had received a Newbery Honor.

Sylvia Vardell said...

Hi, Elaine! Yes, I'm excited to see Joyce's new book, but she said it was not a poetry book. But it looks GORGEOUS from the bit I've seen! And I was SO excited about her Newbery honor too-- for Joyce AND for poetry!

Kate Coombs said...

Singer, Salas, Hopkins, Franco, Yolen... What a marvelous list! Thank you!

Sue Cowing said...

Two books by Marilyn Singer in 2011 and three by Lee Bennett Hopkins? What a year! And I'm already hungry for more Douglas Florian--anything new coming? Sue Cowing, Honolulu

Lee Wardlaw said...

Sylvia, wanted you to know about a Y.A. novel in poems coming out later this spring: Displacement by Thalia Chaltas. Thalia is the author of Because I am Furniture, published by Viking two years ago. Displacement is another gripping, poignant story.

Sylvia Vardell said...

Lee, thanks for the note about Thalia's new book which I have added to the list. I thought BECAUSE I AM FURNITURE was terrific, so I'm looking forward to DISPLACEMENT, too.