Monday, March 03, 2014

Launching our SCIENCE anthology!

Here's the scoop!

I'm excited to report that the latest installment of The Poetry Friday Anthology is out-- and it's SCIENCE focused! ALL the 200+ poems are science-themed and once again we provide Take 5! mini-lessons for every poem to help teachers, librarians, and parents share the poems with children (grades K-5) while building science knowledge AND literacy. 

We have 218 poems by 78 poets!

We offer a poem-a-week for Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade (for Poetry Friday or ANY day).

Every poem has a 5-step (Take 5!) mini-lesson with connections to the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

For the first time, we're also publishing Student Editions with just the poems (no mini-lessons) for children-- accompanied by fun black-and-white sketches. 

I'll be posting more about this new book throughout the month, but for now I'm thrilled to say, "It's OUT!" To get your copy, go to


Linda B said...

Your books have been so wonderful, and helpful, to me in sharing with all the different teachers with whom I work. Can't wait to see this newest one! I know it will be more good poetry! Congratulations!

Janet Wong said...

I'm so proud of what we've done here--doubly--or sextuply (will that get me bounced?)--because of the Student Editions. Teachers can now lead a "Take 5!" mini-lesson while students follow along in their own (ILLUSTRATED) books. You had a vision, Dr. Vardell, of Natalie Babbitt-type art, and I think we succeeded!

Renee LaTulippe said...

I am so excited about these illustrated student editions - what a brilliant idea. Can you give us a sneak preview of an illustration or two?

Congrats on another launch, Sylvia and Janet!

Anonymous said...

The student editions are such a wonderful addition!

Heidi Bee Roemer said...

What a wonderful resource for teachers! Kudos to you, Janet and Sylvia!

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Congratulations on another wonderful resource for teachers and children!

April Halprin Wayland said...

Love, love, LOVE the illustrations!

Is there a list somewhere of all the poets included so I can list them all on FB?

You two are geniuses.

April Halprin Wayland said...

Just found the list of poets on Amazon--never mind!

The 78 poets in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science are:

Joy Acey, Alma Flor Ada, Linda Ashman, Jeannine Atkins, Carmen Bernier-Grand, Robyn Hood Black, Susan Blackaby, Susan Taylor Brown, Joseph Bruchac, Leslie Bulion, Stephanie Calmenson, F. Isabel Campoy, James Carter, Kate Coombs, Cynthia Cotten, Kristy Dempsey, Graham Denton, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Shirley Smith Duke, Margarita Engle, Douglas Florian, Betsy Franco, Carole Gerber, Charles Ghigna, Joan Bransfield Graham, Mary Lee Hahn, Avis Harley, David L. Harrison, Terry Webb Harshman, Juanita Havill, Esther Hershenhorn, Mary Ann Hoberman, Sara Holbrook, Patricia Hubbell, Jacqueline Jules, Bobbi Katz, X.J. Kennedy, Julie Larios, Irene Latham, Renée M. LaTulippe, Debbie Levy, J. Patrick Lewis, George Ella Lyon, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Heidi Mordhorst, Marilyn Nelson, Kenn Nesbitt, Lesléa Newman, Eric Ode, Linda Sue Park, Ann Whitford Paul, Greg Pincus, Mary Quattlebaum, Heidi Bee Roemer, Michael J. Rosen, Deborah Ruddell, Laura Purdie Salas, Michael Salinger, Glenn Schroeder, Joyce Sidman, Buffy Silverman, Marilyn Singer, Ken Slesarik, Eileen Spinelli, Anastasia Suen, Susan Marie Swanson, Carmen Tafolla, Holly Thompson, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Lee Wardlaw, Charles Waters, April Halprin Wayland, Carole Boston Weatherford, Steven Withrow, Allan Wolf, Virginia Euwer Wolff, Janet Wong, and Jane Yolen.

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The series editors are Sylvia Vardell, professor at Texas Woman’s University, and poet Janet Wong. For more information, please visit

Holly Thompson said...

Thank you, Sylvia and Janet! So glad you have done it again! Can't wait to peruse these, with student editions and illustrations to boot. Hooray!

Mary Lee said...

These anthologies just keep getting better! LOVE the student editions and the illustrations are FABULOUS!

Thank you both for all you do!!

Anonymous said...

Will there be a Math anthology?