Pomelo Books is Poetry PLUS!

The Poetry Friday Anthology® series helps teachers and librarians teach poetry easily while meeting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and the Texas TEKS for English Language Arts (ELA)/Poetry and Science & Technology. Celebrate Poetry on Fridays—and any day—with The Poetry Friday Anthology®!

#ThinkPoetry with a Print-and-Fold Book!

Celebrate National Poetry Month with this free Print-and-Fold Book of Poems! We want kids to have FUN with poetry this month—and making this magical little book is one way to do that. This downloadable activity features poems from The Poetry Friday Anthology series by Douglas Florian, Avis Harley, B.J. Lee, Jane Lichtenberger Patton, Ted Scheu, Eileen Spinelli, and Janet Wong. You’ll find poems about the library as a place to “launch myself and fly”; Spring and sun; helping neighbors and loving  your little corner of the world; being the “do” kind of friend; joyful noises; and recess! Learn all about Print-and-Fold books (and how to make them) at Sylvia Vardell’s Poetry for Children blog!

Morning Announcement Poems!!

GREAT MORNING! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud is an anthology of 75 poems by 50+ poets—with intros and intriguing facts for each week of the school year. Topics include:

School Forms  ✼  Safety  ✼  Inclusion  ✼  Picture Day  ✼  Health + Wellness  ✼  Community  ✼  Leadership  ✼  Diversity  ✼  Transportation  ✼  Volunteers  ✼  Compassion  ✼  A Fresh Start  ✼  Birthdays  ✼  Recess  ✼  Teachers  ✼  Reading  ✼  Art  ✼  Music  ✼  Technology  ✼  Science  ✼  Willpower  ✼  JustJoking  ✼  Literacy Everywhere  ✼  Clean Up  ✼  Mindfulness  ✼  Surprise!  ✼  Reaching Out  ✼  Fun + Games

The 50+ poets who contributed poems to this book are:

Alma Flor Ada, Brod Bagert, Michelle Heidenrich Barnes, Robyn Hood Black, Susan Blackaby, Merry Bradshaw, Lydia Breiseth, Joseph Bruchac, Kate Coombs, Cynthia Cotten, Kristy Dempsey, Margarita Engle, Janet Clare Fagal, Catherine Flynn, Xelena González, Lorie Ann Grover, Mary Lee Hahn, Avis Harley, Jane Heitman Healy, Sara Holbrook, Ann Ingalls, Julie Larios, Renée M. LaTulippe, B.J. Lee, Suzy Levinson, Elaine Magliaro, Kenn Nesbitt, Eric Ode, Linda Sue Park, Ann Whitford Paul, Greg Pincus, Jack Prelutsky, Bob Raczka, Heidi Bee Roemer, Caroline Starr Rose, Laura Purdie Salas, Michael Salinger, Darren Sardelli, Liz Garton Scanlon, Michelle Schaub, Laura Shovan, Buffy Silverman, Eileen Spinelli, Traci Sorell, Elizabeth Steinglass, Holly Thompson, Linda Kulp Trout, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Carol Varsalona, April Halprin Wayland, Carole Boston Weatherford, Kay Winters, Allan Wolf, Virginia Euwer Wolff, Janet Wong, and Jane Yolen.

178 pages; 7″x10″; $29.99

See some sample poems from this book here and here. Also see “A Letter to Parents” for schools to send home to families.

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A Suitcase of Seaweed & MORE

“With its new content, this poetry collection now offers layers of meaning both literary and practical, making it a strong resource for teachers of creative writing, school libraries, and anyone interested in exploring identity and belonging.”  —Kirkus

A Suitcase of Seaweed & More by Janet Wong

99 pages;  6 x 9″;  $11.99

Publisher: YUZU, an imprint of Pomelo Books

A Suitcase of Seaweed was originally published in 1996 by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, as thirty-six poems plus three prose pieces. It received many accolades and was named an NYPL Book for the Teen Age and also an NCSS Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies.

While the entire text of the original book is presented here in A Suitcase of Seaweed & MORE, more than half of this book is brand new. You’ll find snippets of story about the inspiration behind the poems, extensions of the themes, and general musings, as well as writing prompts to get young readers thinking, talking, and also writing about their own identities. Wong’s “Advice for Writers” will inspire them to write their own books, too!

Get PET CRAZY with QEP Books!

Calling All Pet People!

PET CRAZY: A Poetry Friday Power Book is a story in poems and a writing journal that contains twelve PowerPacks with creative activities to get your children (K-3) thinking, drawing, reading, and writing about cats, dogs, lizards, rabbits, and more! Resources for children (as well as parents, teachers, and book club leaders) include “Hidden Language Skills” to sharpen language learning even further, recommended reading lists and websites, tips for reading aloud and writing, talking points, and places to publish. The book features the work of the dynamic team of Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, illustrator Franzi Paetzold, and 12 poets: Kristy Dempsey, Helen Frost, Janice Harrington, Eric Ode, Laura Shovan, Eileen Spinelli, Elizabeth Steinglass, Don Tate, Padma Venkatraman, April Halprin Wayland, Carole Boston Weatherford, and Tamera Will Wissinger. This book will get your kids barking up the WRITE tree!

What People Are Saying about PET CRAZY:

Children will be able to use their personal experiences with pets as a springboard for writing—you can’t beat that!” —Becky Calzada, Library Services Coordinator, Leander ISD

Rich with resources . . . and the story thread ties it all together for young readers.” —Susan Polos, School Librarian, Bedford Central School District

“Entirely accessible for young children . . . a wonderful fit for elementary students.” —Marion Rocco, Bilingual Librarian, Professional Resource Library, Austin ISD

“The resources are amazing!  I loved the Hidden Language Skills!” —Paige Bentley-Flannery, Community Librarian, Deschutes Public Library

 124 pages; 8.5 x 11″; $19.99

Ready, Set . . . HERE WE GO!

HERE WE GO: A Poetry Friday Power Book for Tweens & Teens

HERE WE GO: A Poetry Friday Power Book for children, tweens, and teens, features 12 PowerPack sets that combine: 1) diverse anchor poems; 2) new original response poems and mentor poems by Janet Wong; 3) PowerPlay prewriting activities; and 4) Power2You writing prompts.

The twelve anchor poems for HERE WE GO were written by: Naomi Shihab Nye, Carole Boston Weatherford, Joseph Bruchac, David Bowles, Ibtisam Barakat, Eileen Spinelli, David L. Harrison, Kate Coombs, Robyn Hood Black, Michelle Heidenrich Barnes, Renée M. LaTulippe, and Margaret Simon. Their poems are joined together with twenty-four new poems by Janet Wong that form a story featuring a diverse group of kids who are concerned about social justice and work together to fight hunger with a walkathon and school garden. Sylvia Vardell’s inventive PowerPlay activities make it easy for writers to get inspired, while her Power2You writing prompts extend the learning. Vardell also created extensive back matter resources for readers and writers. Ages 8 and up.

Note: This is the second book in the Poetry Friday Power Book series and was selected for the NNSTOY Social Justice Book List. Book 1 in the series, You Just Wait: A Poetry Friday Power Book, was published in September 2016 and was selected as a 2017 NCTE Poetry Notable.

“This interactive book and the abundance of resources provided will motivate students to take action through words and ideas to make their world a better place—a must have for today’s classrooms.”   —Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli, Authors of Mentor Texts, Nonfiction Mentor Texts, and Poetry Mentor Texts

I absolutely love this book! The invitations are inspiring and offer opportunities to think about the world and respond both personally and critically.”   —Mary Napoli, Associate Professor of Reading, Penn State Harrisburg

“This book will allow all sorts of emotions and thoughts to bubble forth, including difficult and painful ones . . . and that will be a source of healing.”   —Ed Spicer, Educator and literacy expert

“Really glad and excited that this book will be in the hands of young people.”   —Jeana Hrepich, Core Faculty, Antioch University Seattle

A 2017 NCTE Poetry Notable!

You Just Wait: A Poetry Friday Power Book for Tweens & Teens

YOU JUST WAIT: A Poetry Friday Power Book for tweens and teens, features 12 PowerPack sets that contain five elements: 1) a PowerPlay prewriting activity; 2) a previously-published Outside Poem (in this case, from The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School); 3) a new original Response Poem; 4) a new original Mentor Text poem; and 5) a Power2You writing prompt. PowerPacks = a fun and inspiring approach for a wide variety of readers and writers. Curious? Take a look!

The twelve Outside Poems from The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School (an NCTE Poetry Notable) were written by Robyn Hood Black, Joseph Bruchac, Jen Bryant, Margarita Engle, Julie Larios, Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, Charles Ghigna, Avis Harley, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Charles Waters, and Virginia Euwer Wolff. The way they are joined together here with twenty-four new poems by Janet Wong, they form a story featuring Paz, an Asian-Latina soccer player with dreams of stardom in college, the Olympics, and ultimately the World Cup; Lucesita, her feisty movie-loving cousin; and Joe, an older brother with dreams of the NBA. Sylvia Vardell’s inventive PowerPlay activities make it easy for writers to get inspired, while her Power2You writing prompts extend learning. Vardell also created extensive back matter resources for readers and writers.

What People Are Saying about YOU JUST WAIT:

“Imagine a completely original way of writing verse novellas . . . Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell have once again broken barriers with their bold, innovative approach to teaching poetry. I am thrilled to be included!”  —Margarita Engle, Newbery Honor-winning author of The Surrender Tree

YOU JUST WAIT is a must-have resource for middle-school teachers, the perfect invitation for teens to explore text-to-self connections through poetry. Comprehensive tools for implementation accompany excellent Poetry Friday selections, and Janet Wong’s brilliant connective tissue provides wonderful mentor pieces.”  —David Bowles, Pura Belpré Honor-winning author of The Smoking Mirror

“Great spirit! Great fun! Let’s write!”  Pat Mora, Author of Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems about Love; Founder of Día: Children’s Day, Book Day / El día de los niños, El día de los libros

“Every poem tells a story. Every page invites connection. Young readers will find their fingers itching to respond to these verses and to add their own poems and stories.”  —Carol Jago, Longtime English teacher & Past President of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Celebrate EVERY Day—with FREE AUDIO POEMS!

Hooray for holidays! The Poetry Friday Anthology® for Celebrations features poems in English and Spanish by 115 poets for 150+ holidays and celebrations, including: Random Acts of Kindness Week, Children’s Book Week, World Laughter Day, National Camping Month, International Literacy Day, Global Hand Washing Day, and more! It’s available in a Teacher/Librarian Edition and a Children’s Edition. Check it out at PoetryCelebrations.com and listen to a FREE AUDIO SAMPLER at SoundCloud featuring 35 poems from the book read by David Bowles & Friends in English & Spanish!

NEW! Here’s a KOREAN version and also a CHINESE version of “Bilingual” by Alma Flor Ada. Thank you to Annice Ryu for translating this poem into Korean! (Click HERE to hear readers from Cherry Hill School!!) The Chinese version was translated and read by Minjie Chen. Thank you, Minjie! (It’s actually TRIlingual, because Minjie kept some of the English and Spanish words from the original poem.)

Poets include: Jack Prelutsky, J. Patrick Lewis, Joyce Sidman, Margarita Engle, Marilyn Singer, Nikki Grimes, Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy, Ibtisam Barakat, Uma Krishnaswami, Francisco X. Alarcón, Linda Sue Park, Jane Yolen, Kenn Nesbitt, Jorge Argueta, Grace Lin, Joseph Bruchac, Douglas Florian, Laura Purdie Salas, Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, and 95 others. See our terrific list of contributors here!

Target audience: PreK – Grade 5; for Public Librarians, School Librarians, K-8 Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, and ELL Teachers, and Children (ages 4 and up). Available in a Teacher/Librarian Edition and a Children’s Edition; order at Amazon or QEPBooks.com!

“A bubbly and educational bilingual poetry anthology for children.”


“If you are looking for Spanish language material to use with children in class or at home, you are going to love this book!… I guarantee you will find material to fit your curriculum.”

-Spanish Playground

Poetry + the Common Core (CCSS)

On Poetry Friday and any day: Integrate the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) into your curriculum with poetry. Poetry allows you to start small. You can address CCSS requirements in just five minutes with The Poetry Friday Anthology®!

Poetry + the Texas TEKS

These editions of The Poetry Friday Anthology® are tailored to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Poetry. Poetry allows you to start small; address the Poetry TEKS and prepare your students for the STAAR in just five minutes every Poetry Friday!

Poetry and the Common Core
Poetry and Common Core

Poetry + Science

The Poetry Friday Anthology® for Science was designed to align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as well as the science standards of individual states, so the Teacher Edition and The Poetry of Science: The Poetry Friday Anthology® for Science for Kids can be used nationally. For Texas teachers, The TEKS Guide is a supplement with charts that show connections to the Science TEKS, Technology TEKS, and Poetry TEKS at a glance.

A NEW COVER for the Teacher/Librarian Edition!

NEW! An illustrated KIDS edition with 30 Bonus Poems!

“A treasury of the greatest science poetry for children ever written, with a twist!”

NSTA Recommends

“I love science and I love poetry and this book effectively combines both. What more could I ask?

Seymour Simon

“If you only buy one book this year, this is the book you should buy.

Jeff BargerNC Teacher Stuff

Reviews of The Poetry Friday Anthology®

“Vardell and Wong have again provided an outstanding resource for classroom teachers!”

IRA’s Reading Today

“You will find information and guidance for linking poetry to the Common Core State Standards or the TEKS . . . This is a lot of resource and professional development for $29.99!”

The ALSC Blog

E-Books in The Poetry Friday Anthology Series

Looking for an e-book? Some of our books are also available in e-book editions. You can load an e-book onto a large screen or Smartboard for the whole classroom to see, or download our e-books on your iPad or other Kindle/compatible device.