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®!

Coming in September!

A PFA Verse Novella

You Just Wait: A PFA Verse Novella for Tweens & Teens

YOU JUST WAIT, a PFA Verse Novella for teen and tween readers, features 12 diverse selections from The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School that are linked together with 20 new original poems by Janet Wong.

The twelve poems 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 are joined together here with twenty new poems by Janet Wong to form a story featuring Paz, an Asian-Latina soccer player with dreams of stardom—in college, the Olympics, and ultimately the World Cup. Sylvia Vardell provides extensive back matter for readers as well as an explanation of how writers can use the “PFA Verse Novella” format as a model for works of their own.

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: A PFA Verse Novella 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 NCTE

Celebrate EVERY Day!

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!

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.”

-Kirkus

“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? Many 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.