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Professional Books: Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations


Item #488


Item #488

Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations – Teacher & Student Editions Available

by Sylvia Vardell Janet Wong

ISBN 978-1-937057-41-1
Item #488

Celebrate all year long with THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR CELEBRATIONS—156 original poems in English and Spanish from 115 poets. Ideal for sharing aloud in preK-grade 6.

This latest book in The Poetry Friday Anthology series offers 12 poems per month and 12 poems with the theme of “Birthdays and Baby Days.” Both books have the same poems in the same sequence.

The TEACHER/LIBRARIAN EDITION includes “TAKE 5!” mini-lessons for teaching and sharing skills and standards such as the CCSS and the TEKS. In addition, each poem is linked to a picture book recommendation and other poems in the book for text-to-text connections.

Choose your favorite celebrations for each month! Choices include:

  • traditional holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Easter, Passover, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas;
  • book-related holidays such as Read Across America Day, National Library Week, DEAR Day (Drop Everything And Read), Children’s Book Week, and Dewey Decimal Day;
  • celebrations of diversity such as Black History Month, National Hispanic Heritage Month, Three Kings Day, Lunar New Year, the end of Ramadan, Obon, and Diwali; and
  • unusual celebrations such as National Hat Day, Daylight Savings Time Day, National Pet Week, National Sports & Fitness Month, Shark Week, and National Cookie Day; and
  • historic commemorations such as Presidents’ Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, National Moon Walk Day, Constitution and Citizenship Day, Election Day, and Veteran’s Day.

115 of today’s best children’s poets are in this anthology:

Joy Acey, Alma Flor Ada, Francisco X. Alarcón, Jorge Argueta, Sandy Asher, Jeannine Atkins, Brod Bagert, Bruce Balan, Ibtisam Barakat, Michelle Heidenrich Barnes, Doraine Bennett, Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, Robyn Hood Black, Susan Blackaby, Merry Bradshaw, Joseph Bruchac, Stephanie Calmenson, Robyn Campbell, F. Isabel Campoy, Nancy White Carlstrom, Andrea Cheng, Kate Coombs, Cynthia Cotten, Kristy Dempsey, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Linda Dryfhout, Shirley Duke, Margarita Engle, Matt Forrest Esenwine, Kelly Ramsdell Fineman, Carrie Finison, Nancy Bo Flood, Douglas Florian, Betsy Franco, Carole Gerber, Charles Ghigna, Cynthia Grady, Joan Bransfield Graham, Nikki Grimes, Lorie Ann Grover, Monica Gunning, Mary Lee Hahn, Avis Harley, David L. Harrison, Juanita Havill, Jane Heitman Healy, Georgia Heard, Stephanie Hemphill, Esther Hershenhorn, Sara Holbrook, Carol-Ann Hoyte, Jacqueline Jules, Bobbie Katz, Penny Parker Klostermann, Uma Krishnaswami, Michele Krueger, Julie Larios, Irene Latham, Renée M. LaTulippe, B.J. Lee, Neal Levin, Suzy Levinson, J. Patrick Lewis, Grace Lin, George Ella Lyon, Jone Rush MacCulloch, JoAnn Early Macken, Bridget Magee, Libby Martinez, Diane Mayr, Pat Mora, Diana Murray, Kenn Nesbitt, Lesléa Newman, Eric Ode, Linda Sue Park, Jane Lichtenberger Patton, Ann Whitford Paul, Jack Prelutsky, Mary Quattlebaum, Bob Raczka, Debbie Reese, Heidi Bee Roemer, Caroline Starr Rose, Michael J. Rosen, Deborah Ruddell, Laura Purdie Salas, René Saldaña, Jr., Michael Salinger, Michelle Schaub, Robert Schechter, Ted Scheu, Joyce Sidman, Buffy Silverman, Marilyn Singer, Ken Slesarik, Eileen Spinelli, Elizabeth Steinglass, Tricia Stohr-Hunt, Anastasia Suen, Susan Marie Swanson, Rose Ann Tahe, Holly Thompson, Patricia Toht, Linda Kulp Trout, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Lee Wardlaw, Charles Waters, April Halprin Wayland, Tamera Will Wissinger, Steven Withrow, Allan Wolf, Virginia Euwer Wolff, Janet Wong, and Jane Yolen.

About the Authors

Janet Wong is a graduate of Yale Law School and former lawyer who switched careers and became a children’s poet. Her dramatic career change has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN’s Paula Zahn Show, and Radical Sabbatical. She is the author of 30 books for children and teens on a wide variety of subjects, including writing and revision (You Have to Write), creative recycling (The Dumpster Diver), diversity and community (Apple Pie 4th of July), cheating on tests (Me and Rolly Maloo), and chess (Alex and the Wednesday Chess Club).

Janet Wong’s books include: Before It Wriggles Away (A Richard C. Owen “Meet the Author” Book), You Have to Write (2002), and A Suitcase of Seaweed (1996), Co-Author of ‘The Poetry Friday Anthologies”.

Books by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong are published by their company, pomelo books. We are honored to distribute The Poetry Friday Anthology series.

Sylvia Vardell is Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University and has taught graduate courses in children’s and young adult literature at various universities since 1981. Vardell has published extensively, including five books on literature for children, as well as over 20 book chapters and 100 journal articles. Her current work focuses on poetry for children, including a regular blog, PoetryforChildren, since 2006. She is also the regular “Everyday Poetry” columnist for ALA’s Book Links magazine. http://poetryforchildren.blogspot.com/

Sylvia Vardell’s other professional books include: Poetry Aloud Here: Sharing Poetry with Children (2012) and The Poetry Teacher’s Book of Lists (2012), Co-Author of ‘The Poetry Friday Anthologies”.