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


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!