Thursday, July 15, 2021

Curious about Curating?

Janet (Wong) and I are jumping into a new venture-- leading online workshops! After 10 years of collaborating and 10+ anthologies of poetry published, we've learned a few things along the way. We have presented together in-person at conferences and teacher workshops MANY times and always get lots of questions about HOW we do what we do, so we thought we might use this crazy Zoom tool to share the things we have learned with others. Come join us! 


Our workshop will include the following components:


Anthologies 101

Presented by Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong

Thursday, August 12, 2021   

Noon - 2pm (Eastern)   

$89   

info@pomelobooks.com 


    Publishing Goals

Having single poems published in anthologies

Creating anthologies to submit to traditional publishers

Creating your own indie-published anthologies of new poems

Curating previously-published poems in new anthologies

Creating anthologies of student work

    Content Creation

Poetry versus Poetry PLUS

Front and back matter

Illustrated/decorated or text-only

Choose a theme for your own anthology 

A discussion of:

A World Full of Poems by Sylvia Vardell

The Poetry Friday Anthology by Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong

The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science by Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong

The Poetry of Science by Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong

The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations by Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong


   Collecting and Evaluating Submissions

Reprinting poems

Open call

Requesting poems

Evaluating submissions

Diversity and inclusion


    Nuts and Bolts

Printing issues (print-on-demand, small print runs, e-books, etc.)

Legal and financial considerations

Publicity and promotion


    And lots of Q+A


If you're interested in joining us, email info@pomelobooks.com.

Meanwhile, head on over to Nix the Comfort Zone where Molly is hosting our Poetry Friday fun. 

One last plug for our Anthologies 101 workshop:



Thursday, May 27, 2021

Meet the 2021 National Youth Poet Laureate: Alexandra Huynh

I was looking for a way to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and voice my support for efforts to stop AAPI hate, but I had already posted so much about poetry by Asian Pacific American poets. See my February post here with a list of poetry books by AAPI poets, for example. But there is always so much to celebrate about the beauty of work by AAPI writers, like my dear friend Janet Wong. (Watch for my video interview with her coming soon!) 
Image source: Urban Word NYC
And then this news popped into my e-mailbox! Kismet! This week, the new 2021 National Youth Poet Laureate was named and it's Alexandra Huynh. Congrats to this bright new talent! Urban Word NYC (the home of the Laureate program) made the announcement saying, "A second-generation Vietnamese American, Huynh employs poetry as a tool of self-reclamation and social justice for marginalized communities. This fall, Huynh will be a freshman at Stanford University where she aims to combine her passions for creative writing, science, and civic engagement." 

This is the same program that gave us Amanda Gorman! You remember her, right? The bright, amazing young woman who presented her original poem at the Inauguration of President Biden in January! The other finalists in the Laureate program included Serena Yang (NYC Youth Poet Laureate and Northeastern Regional Ambassador), Alora Young (Nashville Youth Poet Laureate and Southern Regional Ambassador), and Faye Harrison (Ann Arbor Youth Poet Laureate and Midwest Regional Ambassador), and Alexandra Huynh (Sacramento Youth Poet Laureate and Western Regional Ambassador) who was named the 2021 National Youth Poet Laureate. What a group of young women to watch! 

Urban Word NYC notes: "As the 2021 National Youth Poet Laureate 18-year-old Huynh will serve as a cultural ambassador for the United States using poetry as a platform for the literary arts and civic engagement. Huynh will represent the National Youth Poet Laureate program and the national youth literary arts community through a series of performances and civic engagements through May 2022."

Urban Word NYC has an excellent YouTube channel with lots of fabulous footage. Watch Alexandra perform at the Kennedy Center ceremony here:


WOW, right?
And in her original "application" video to the Laureate program she talks about her "poetry journey."


It's young people like this who give me such hope for the future! Their voices, their views, their passions, and their poetry are all so powerful and inspiring! 

Next, go to Michelle Kogan's place where she is hosting all our Poetry Friday posts this week. So much to read and ponder and celebrate! 

Friday, May 21, 2021

Tribute to Mary Lee Hahn

I'm delighted to join the Poetry Friday fray in celebrating the wonderful Mary Lee Hahn! Mary Lee is retiring from classroom teaching, but not from continuing to impact the world of poetry for young people. She has been the tracker of Poetry Friday hosting gigs, organizing us all to keep us moving forward and maintained her own blog, A Year of Reading since 2006. WOW! It has been a mainstay in our field for insights into teaching young people, reviews of the latest literature, and as a source of poems, poetry, and poetic inspiration. Mary Lee is also a poet and author herself, publishing Reconsidering Read-Aloud (Stenhouse) and her own poems in multiple anthologies. Janet Wong and I have been lucky enough to feature her contributions in several of our anthologies and I want to pause and share those gems (featured in graphics I created). 





See? Mary Lee has such a range of topics, tones, and styles she implements to craft poems that are engaging, informative, and inspiring. Her poem "Cancer" is especially meaningful to me since Mary Lee and I are both cancer survivors and she reached out to me privately with so much care, love, and support when I was first diagnosed nearly ten years ago. (We're fine now!) That's exactly who Mary Lee is-- kind, caring, creative, organized, determined, collaborative, and so much more. It's a real pleasure to pause and honor her as a person, a poet, a teacher, a leader, and a friend!Do you want to learn more about Mary Lee Hahn? Check out the posts of many other Poetry Friday bloggers who are showcasing #MarvelousMaryLee and #PoemsforMaryLee today. Start at Christie's place, Wondering and Wandering. See you there!

Friday, May 14, 2021

Remembering Arnold Adoff

Poet and anthologist Arnold Adoff died last week at his home in Yellow Springs, Ohio at age 85. As Shannon Maughan noted in his obituary in Publishers Weekly, Arnold Adoff was "widely noted for his inventive poetry style and for depicting the African American experience in his work" and published more than 30 books for children and young adults and received the National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children in recognition of his body of work in 1988. And that body of work is wide-ranging, socially conscious, personal and engaging, rich and creative in its use of language, and playful with poetic forms. Here's just a sampling I pulled from my own bookshelves:

Maughan goes on to observe:
"Adoff had begun collecting Black literature in the late 1950s, and that pursuit dovetailed with his observation that the ethnically diverse students in his classrooms were exposed to racist textbooks and didn’t have access to books and magazines that accurately reflected their experiences. Wanting to address that, he shared his favorite poems and works by Black writers with the kids. Once, Adoff recruited a friend—an editor at Macmillan—to make photocopies of some poems so he could distribute them to his class. The friend was impressed by the selections and suggested Adoff meet with the editor-in-chief about turning them into a book. The result was his first anthology, I Am the Darker Brother: An Anthology of Modern Poems by Negro Americans, published by Macmillan in 1968. Of his passion for curating collections like this one, Adoff told Something About the Author, 'I want my anthologies of Black American writing to make Black kids strong in their knowledge of themselves and their great literary heritage—give them facts and people and power. I also want these Black books of mine to give knowledge to White kids around the country, so that mutual respect and understanding will come from mutual learning. We can go beyond the murders and the muddles of the present.'"

His anthologies, I Am the Darker Brother and My Black Me were particularly pivotal for my own reading of African American poets for young people. I wrote about this on my blog ages ago in this post: 
I AM THE DARKER BROTHERHe also impressed me with his unique approach to form with very little punctuation and generous spacing which he called “shaped speech.” And hearing him read aloud from his work was always a powerful experience with his staccato rhythms and distinctive gravelly voice. I have a previous blog post that features a 
Video of Arnold reading from ROOTS AND BLUES. In this talk, he also advocated for reading any/every poem three times: 
  • first simply for information (like reading a work of nonfiction), 
  • secondly for meaning (what is the poem/poet saying), and 
  • thirdly for nuance (how does the poem work, make you feel, do what it does). 
I love how he encourages us to dig into the layers of poetry!

I think Roots and Blues: A Celebration was one of his last published works and it was critically acclaimed and won multiple awards. One of my students created an in-depth readers' guide for it that you might find useful. It's here:
ROOTS AND BLUES: A CELEBRATION-- A Reader’s guide. 

Janet (Wong) and I were lucky to collaborate with Arnold on several projects-- he was always generous in contributing a poem and helping us spread the word. Here's one poem he wrote for one of our Poetry Friday anthologies that shows you his distinctive approach.
Arnold Adoff was a passionate poet and anthologist and also a kind and generous soul. He was devoted to his wife, Virginia Hamilton, a major figure in children's literature with multiple awards including the Newbery Award, Andersen Award and even a MacArthur "genius" grant. Arnold's son, Jaime Adoff has published several works of poetry for young people himself. Arnold was active on social media and I always appreciated his lifting up of social justice issues and celebrating the work of others. He will be missed, but his spirit lives on in his family and friends, and in the beautiful work he leaves behind. 

The lovely Irene Latham is hosting our Poetry Friday thoughts this week, so head on over to Live Your Poem... and promise me that you'll seek out a book by Arnold Adoff soon!

Friday, May 07, 2021

Poetry for Mother's Day





Poetry Books about Mothers

What better tribute for a mother, aunt or grandmother than a well-chosen poem? Poets have given us words with which to honor the women in our lives with the following selected books for young readers.

Alarcón, Francisco X. 2016. Family Poems/ Poemas familiares. Ill. by Maya Christina Gonzalez. Lee & Low.

Atkins, Jeannine. 2010. Borrowed Names: Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C. J. Walker, Marie Curie, and Their Daughters. Henry Holt.

Bagert, Brod. 2018. Perfect Children. Ill. by Mike Artell. New Orleans, LA: Juliahouse Publishing.

Castillo, Ana. 2000. My Daughter, My Son, the Eagle, the Dove: An Aztec Chant. New York: Dutton.

Clinton, Catherine. Ed. 2003. A Poem of Her Own; Voices of American Women Yesterday and Today. New York: Abrams.

Coyne, Rachel. 1998. Daughter Have I Told You? New York: Henry Holt.

Dotlich, Rebecca Kai. 2004. Mama Loves. New York: HarperCollins.

Dotlich, Rebecca Kai. 2019. You and Me. Ill. by Susan Reagan. Minneapolis: Creative Editions.

Fogliano, Julie. 2019. If I Was the Sunshine. Ill. by Loren Long. New York: Atheneum.

Fletcher, Ralph. 1999. Relatively Speaking: Poems about Family. New York: Orchard.

Giovanni, Nikki. 2018. I Am Loved. Ill. by Ashley Bryan. New York: Atheneum.

Grimes, Nikki. 1999. Hopscotch Love: A Family Treasury of Love Poems. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard.

Grimes, Nikki. 2000. Stepping out with Grandma Mac. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Henderson, Kathy. 2011. Hush, Baby, Hush! Lullabies from Around the World. Ill. by Pam Smy. Seattle: Frances Lincoln.

Hoberman, Mary Ann. 1993. Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers: A Collection of Family Poems. New York: Puffin Books.

Hoberman, Mary Ann. 2009. All Kinds of Families. New York: Little, Brown.

Hopkins, Lee Bennett. 1995. Been to Yesterdays: Poems of a Life. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills.

Hollyer, Belinda. 2003. Ed. The Kingfisher Book of Family Poems. New York: Kingfisher.

Hughes, Langston. 2013. Lullaby (for a Black Mother). Ill. by Sean Qualls. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Lewis, J. Patrick. 2005. Vherses: A Celebration of Outstanding Women. Mankato, MN: Creative Editions.

Livingston, Myra Cohn. Ed. 1988. Poems for Mothers. New York: Holiday House.

McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. 2011. Under the Mesquite. New York: Lee & Low.

Micklos, John Jr. 2001. Mommy Poems. Honesdale, PA : Wordsong/Boyds Mills.

Mora, Pat. 2001. Ed. Love to Mamá: a Tribute to Mothers. New York: Lee & Low Books.

Myers, Walter Dean. 1998. Angel to Angel: a Mother’s Gift of Love. New York: HarperCollins.

Pearson, Carol Lynn. 2021. Day-Old Child. Ill. by Corey Egbert. Gibbs Smith.

Rosenberg, Liz. 2001. Ed. Roots & Flowers: Poets and Poems on Family. New York: Henry Holt.

Smith, Hope Anita. 2009. Mother: Poems. New York: Henry Holt.

Strickland, Dorothy S. and Michael R. Strickland. Ed. 1994. Families: Poems Celebrating the African-American Experience. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills.

Sze, Gillian. 2021. My Love for You is Always. Ill. by Michelle Lee. New York: Philomel.

Thomas, Joyce Carol. 2001. A Mother's Heart, A Daughter's Love: Poems for Us to Share. New York: Joanna Cotler.

Walker, Rob D. 2009. Mama Says: A Book of Love For Mothers and Sons. Ill. by Leo and Diane Dillon. New York: Scholastic.

Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2021. Dreams for a Daughter. Ill. by Brian Pinkney. New York: Atheneum.

Wong. Janet S. 1999. The Rainbow Hand: Poems about Mothers and Children. New York: McElderry.

Yolen, Jane and Heidi E.Y. Stemple. 2001. Dear Mother, Dear Daughter: Poems for Young People. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds.

2 Poems for Mother's Day (and ANY day!)
And here are two special poems from Hop to It: Poems to Get You Moving that feature a special tribute to mothers. 


Now head on over to wee words for wee ones where Bridget is hosting our Poetry Friday fun this Mother's Day weekend!








Tuesday, May 04, 2021

May the Poetry Be With You!

It's that time of the year again-- time to take a poem and reinterpret it with a Star Wars image in celebration of Star Wars Day, May 4. I hope poets Deborah Reidy and Paul Hankins will indulge me as I take their poems from Hop to It: Poems to Get You Moving (Pomelo Books, 2020) and combine them with images of Yoda and Han Solo! Here you go:




May the Fourth Be With You! [May the FORCE be with you!] Happy Star Wars Day!

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Poet-palooza

For one final celebration for National Poetry Month+1, here are three more micro-videos of poets reading their poems aloud-- always such a fun way to experience a poem. Enjoy!

First, Yangsook Choi shares her poem. "Tae Kwon Do Punch" from HOP TO IT: POEMS TO GET YOU MOVING and teaches us how to count in Korean and learn basic punches too. 


And here is a video of the poet Darren Sardelli reading his poem out loud, "I Stood on the Ceiling" to a group of wonderful poets-- all with their own poems in HOP TO IT: POEMS TO GET YOU MOVING.



One last poet-treat: Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie shares her poem, "The Artist" with a little help from her adorable daughter!










Friday, April 30, 2021

25th Anniversary of Children's Day/Book Day




It's the 25th anniversary of Children's Day/ Book Day! Founded by author, poet, professor and literary advocate Pat Mora, this is a celebration of books and kids also known as "El día de los niños, el día de los libros, is a year-long commitment to celebrating all our children and to motivating them and their families to be readers, essential in our democracy." At Pat's website, you'll find tons of information, including resources, and interview with Pat, historical background, FAQs and more!







The Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) is also sponsor of Children's Day, Book Day with a press kit, fact sheet, and a tool for locating nearby events. Check here.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg! There are so many ways to celebrate books, children, and reading-- starting with sharing a poem in your own home and community! Next: see what's happening at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme were Matt is hosting Poetry Friday!




Thursday, April 29, 2021

Poem in Your Pocket Day

It's Poem in Your Pocket Day! Want to know more? The Academy of American Poets has all the details here. It's a fun way to encourage the everyday use of poetry by choosing a favorite poem, writing or printing it on a small card, and keeping it in your pocket to read and reread at your leisure. For young people, this can be a fun make-and-take activity to save, share, and trade just like your favorite baseball cards! 

For a fun poem to kick off the celebration, here's Janet Wong's poem ABOUT poems for your pocket entitled "Pocket Poems Card." It's from The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations (Pomelo Books, 2014). 




Another perfect poem for "Poem in Your Pocket Day" is this one, "Hands Say, 'Great Job!'" by Linda Kulp Trout from HOP TO IT: POEMS TO GET YOU MOVING (Pomelo Books, 2020). Not only is it short enough to fit on a tiny business card, it's a poem of affirmation that is fun to read every morning! 



And here is Linda reading her poem aloud to a group of poets gathered to celebrate their poems-- all in HOP TO IT: POEMS TO GET YOU MOVING. 


And for a different twist, look for this new picture book by Chris 
Tougas, Poem in My Pocket,  illustrated by Josée Bisaillon (Kids Can Press, 2021), "the journey of a young poet's words out into the world, where they join randomly with other words to form funny riffs and puns all over a busy city street."



Friday, April 23, 2021

17th Annual Poetry Round Up at TLA

I'm excited to report that the 17th annual Poetry Round Up session is taking place TODAY during the (virtual) Texas Library Association annual conference. I have a bonanza of NINE poets participating this year:


Each poet read selections from new works and it's so engaging, moving, and inspiring to hear them read aloud their own poems and novels in verse. Plus, it was a ton of FUN! :-) These are the nine poets who participated along with covers of the books they shared. 










I wish I could share some of the video recording of our session together, but that's only for the TLA conference this year. Meanwhile, I can definitely say that you should not miss ALL these wonderful new books by these amazing writers! Now head on over to Reading to the Core where Catherine is hosting Poetry Friday this week.


Thursday, April 22, 2021

100 Poetry Books for Earth Day



100 Poetry Books for Earth Day

Poets have written about nature and the natural world for centuries. It’s a favorite topic of writers of poetry for children, too. The following poetry books for young people focus even further on the earth and Earth Day themes such as respect for the land, extinction of species, conservation of resources—all with beautiful imagery and lyrical language.
  1. ________. 2019. Origami and Poetry Inspired by Nature. Ill. by Clover Robin. Somerville, MA: Nosy Crow. 
  2. ________. 2018. Sing a Song of Seasons. Ill. by Frann Preston-Gannon. Somerville, MA: Candlewick/Nosy Crow. 
  3. Agard, John. 2021. Coyote’s Soundbite: A Poem for the Planet. Ill. by Piet Grobler. Oxford: Lantana.
  4. Ak’abal, Humberto. 2021. Aquí era el paraíso / Here Was Paradise. Ill. by Amelia Lau Carling. Toronto: Groundwood Books.
  5. Argueta, Jorge. 2006. Talking with Mother Earth; Poems; Hablando con Madre Tierra. Toronto: Groundwood. 
  6. Bagert, Brod. 2019. Weather or Climate? Poems & Plays About Weather & Climate. New Orleans, LA: Living Road Press, LLC. 
  7. Begay, Shonto. 1995. Navajo: Visions and Voices Across the Mesa. New York: Scholastic.
  8. Blackaby, Susan. 2010. Nest, Nook & Cranny. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge. 
  9. Brenner, Barbara. Ed.1994. The Earth is Painted Green: A Garden of Poems about Our Planet. New York: Scholastic.
  10. Bruchac, Joseph. 1995. The Earth under Sky Bear's Feet: Native American Poems of the Land. New York: Philomel Books.
  11. Bruchac, Joseph. 1996. Between Earth and Sky: Legends of Native American Sacred Places. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace.
  12. Bulion, Leslie. 2011. At the Sea Floor Café: Odd Ocean Critter Poems. Ill. by Leslie Evans. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree.
  13. Bulion, Leslie. 2018. Leaf Litter Critters. Ill. by Robert Meganck. Atlanta: Peachtree. 
  14. Bulion, Leslie. 2020. Amphibian Acrobats. Ill. by Robert Meganck. Atlanta: Peachtree. 
  15. Bulion, Leslie. 2020. Superlative Birds. Ill. by Robert Meganck. Atlanta: Peachtree.
  16. Coelho, Joseph. 2019. A Year of Nature Poems. Ill. by Kelly Louise Judd. Wide Eyed Editions. 
  17. Cooling, Wendy. Ed. 2010. All the Wild Wonders: Poems of Our Earth. Ill. by Piet Grobler. London: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books. 
  18. Coombs, Kate. 2012. Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems. Ill. by Meilo So. Chronicle.
  19. Davies, Nicola. 2012. Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature. Ill. by Mark Hearld. Somerville, MA: Candlewick. 
  20. Davies, Nicola. 2017. Song of the Wild: A First Book of Animals. Somerville, MA: Candlewick. 
  21. Drimmer, Stephanie. 2017. Hey, Baby!: A Collection of Pictures, Poems, and Stories from Nature's Nursery. Washington, DC: National Geographic.
  22. Elliott, David. 2010. In the Wild. Ill. by Holly Meade. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick. 
  23. Elliott, David. 2020. In the Woods. Somerville, MA: Candlewick. 
  24. Engle, Margarita. 2017. Forest World. New York: Atheneum. 
  25. Farrar, Sid. 2012. The Year Comes Round: Haiku Through the Seasons. Ill. by Ilse Plume. Chicago, IL: Whitman.
  26. Florian, Douglas. 2010. Poetrees. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  27. Florian, Douglas. 2012. Unbeelievables: Honeybee Poems and Paintings. Beach Lane.
  28. Florian, Douglas. 2020. ICE! Poems about Polar Life. New York: Holiday House.
  29. Fogliano, Julie. 2012. And Then It’s Spring. Ill. by Erin E. Stead. New York: Roaring Brook Press. 
  30. Fogliano, Julie. 2016. When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons. Ill. by Julie Morstad. New York: Roaring Brook Press.
  31. Franco, Betsy. 2015. A Spectacular Selection of Sea Critters. Ill. by Michael Wertz. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook.
  32. George, Kristine O’Connell. 1998. Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems. New York: Clarion. 
  33. Gerber, Carole. 2013. Seeds, Bees, Butterflies and More! Poems for Two Voices. New York: Holt. 
  34. Gerber, Carole. 2013. Spring Blossoms. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge. 
  35. Harley, Avis. 2006. Sea Stars: Saltwater Poems. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press. 
  36. Harley, Avis. 2008. The Monarch’s Progress: Poems with Wings. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills/Wordsong.
  37. Harrison, David L. 2016. Now You See Them, Now You Don’t: Poems About Creatures that Hide. Ill. by Giles Laroche. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge. 
  38. Harrison, David L. 2018. A Place to Start a Family: Poems About Creatures That Build. Ill. by Giles Laroche. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge. 
  39. Harrison, David L. 2021. The Dirt Book: Poems About Animals That Live Beneath Our Feet. Ill. by Kate Cosgrove. New York: Holiday House. 
  40. Havill, Juanita. 2006. I Heard It from Alice Zucchini: Poems About the Garden. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.
  41. Havill, Juanita. 2008. Grow. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree.
  42. Heard, Georgia. 2019. Boom! Bellow! Bleat! Animal Poems for Two or More Voices. Ill. by Aaron DeWitt. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills/Wordsong.
  43. Heidbreder, Robert. 2020. Catch the Sky: Playful Poems on the Air We Share. Greystone Kids.
  44. Hoberman, Mary Ann. 2019. The Sun Shines Everywhere. Ill. by Luciano Lozano. New York: Little, Brown. 
  45. Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Ed. 2017. Traveling the Blue Road: Poems of the Sea. Ill. by Bob Hansman & Jovan Hansman. New York: Quarto. 
  46. Hopkins, Lee. Bennett. Ed. 2010. Sharing the Seasons. New York: Margaret McElderry.
  47. Hoyte, Carol-Ann. Ed. 2015. Dear Tomato: An International Crop of Food & Agriculture Poems. Charleston, SC: CreateSpace.
  48. Hutchens, Verlie. 2019. Trees. Ill. by Jing Jing Tsong. New York: Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster. 
  49. Judge, Lita. 2021. The Wisdom of Trees: How Trees Work Together to Form a Natural Kingdom. New York: Macmillan/Roaring Brook. 
  50. Keller, Shana. 2020. Fly, Firefly. Ill. by Ramona Kaulitzki. Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear. 
  51. Latham, Irene. 2014. Dear Wandering Wildebeest: And Other Poems from the Water Hole. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook/Lerner. 
  52. Latham, Irene. 2016. Fresh Delicious: Poems from the Farmers' Market. Ill. by Mique Moriuchi. Honesdale, PA: Highlights/Wordsong.
  53. Latham, Irene. 2021. Wild Peace. Ill. by Il Sung Na. New York: Roaring Brook. 
  54. Levy, Constance. 2002. Splash! Poems of Our Watery World. New York: Orchard.
  55. Lewis, J. Patrick. 2017. Make the Earth Your Companion. Ill. by Anna and Elena Balbusso. Creative Editions.
  56. Lewis, J. Patrick. Ed. 2012. National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry. Washington DC: National Geographic.
  57. Lewis, J. Patrick. Ed. 2015. National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry. Washington DC: National Geographic. 
  58. Michelson, Richard. 2014. S is for Sea Glass: A Beach Alphabet. Ill. by Doris Ettlinger. Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press. 
  59. Mora, Pat. 1994. The Desert is My Mother / El Desierto es Mi Madre. Houston, TX: Pinata Books.
  60. Mora, Pat. 1998. This Big Sky. New York: Scholastic.
  61. Mora, Pat. 2014. Water Rolls, Water Rises / El agua rueda, el agua sube. Ill. by Meilo So. San Francisco: Children's Book Press. 
  62. Moser, Lisa. 2016. Stories from Bug Garden. Somerville, MA: Candlewick. 
  63. Murray, Carol. 2017. Cricket in the Thicket: Poems About Bugs. Ill. by Melissa Sweet. New York: Holt.
  64. Nicholls, Judith. 2003. The Sun in Me: Poems about the Planet. Cambridge, MA: Barefoot Books.
  65. Nicholls, Judith. Ed.1993. Earthways, Earthwise: Poems on Conservation. Oxford, NY: Oxford University Press.
  66. Nye, Naomi Shihab. 2020. Cast Away: Poems of Our Time. New York: Greenwillow.
  67. Ode, Eric. 2013. Sea Star Wishes: Poems from the Coast. New York: Sasquatch Books/Random House. 
  68. Ode, Eric. 2019. Otters, Snails, and Tadpole Tails: Poems from the Wetlands. Ill. by Ruth Harper. LA Jolla, CA: Kane-Miller. 
  69. Pappa, Rodoula. 2021. Beautiful Day! Petite Poems for All Seasons. Petaluma, Ill. by Seng Soun Ratanavanh. CA: Cameron Kids. 
  70. Paschkis, Julie. 2015. Flutter & Hum: Animal Poems/ Aleteo y Zumbido: Poemas de Animales. New York: Holt. 
  71. Peck, Jan and Davis, David. Eds. 2011. The Green Mother Goose; Saving the World One Rhyme at a Time. Ill. by Carin Berger. Sterling. 
  72. Pendziwol, Jean K. 2013. Once Upon a Northern Night. Ill. by Isabelle Arsenault. Toronto, Canada: Groundwood. 
  73. Peters, Lisa Westberg. 2003. Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up. Ill. by Cathie Felstead. New York: HarperCollins. 
  74. Pignat, Caroline. 2018. Poetree. Markham, Ontario: Red Deer Press. 
  75. Portis, Antoinette. 2020. A New Green Day. New York: Holiday House. 
  76. Rogasky, Barbara. Ed. 2001. Leaf by Leaf. New York: Scholastic.
  77. Rossetti, Christina. 2019. Blooming Beneath the Sun. Ill. by Ashley Bryan. New York: Atheneum. 
  78. Salas, Laura Purdie. 2019. Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons. Ill. by Merce Lopez. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press.
  79. Schaub, Michelle. 2017. Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market. Ill. by Amy Huntington. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge. 
  80. Sidman, Joyce. 2005. Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems. Ill. by Beckie Prange. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
  81. Sidman, Joyce. 2006. Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow. Ill. by Beth Krommes. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 
  82. Sidman, Joyce. 2009. Red Sings From Treetops: A Year in Colors. Ill. by Pamela Zagarenski. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
  83. Sidman, Joyce. 2010. Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night. Ill. by Rick Allen. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
  84. Sidman, Joyce. 2010. Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors. Ill. by Becky Prange. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
  85. Sidman, Joyce. 2014. Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold. Ill. by Rick Allen. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 
  86. Sidman, Joyce. 2021. Hello, Earth! Poems to Our Planet. Ill. by Miren Asiain Lora. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
  87. Silverman, Buffy. 2020. On a Snow-Melting Day: Seeking Signs of Spring. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook. 
  88. Singer, Marilyn. 2002. Footprints on the Roof: Poems about the Earth. New York: Knopf. 
  89. Singer, Marilyn. 2003. How to Cross a Pond: Poems about Water. New York: Knopf. 
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Here's a poem with an Earth Day focus, "When I Move," by the amazing Carole Boston Weatherford from Hop to It: Poems to Get You Moving



And just for fun, here is a video of poet Nancy Bo Flood reading her earth-day-themed poem, "Anyone Home?" out loud to a group of wonderful poets-- all with their own poems in HOP TO IT: POEMS TO GET YOU MOVING.