About Us


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.

Sylvia Vardell’s other professional books include: Poetry Aloud Here: Sharing Poetry with Children (2012) and The Poetry Teacher’s Book of Lists (2012).




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 collections of original poetry for children include: Declaration of Interdependence: Poems for an Election Year (2012) and Good Luck Gold (1994).




Selected Titles by Sylvia Vardell:

The Poetry Teacher’s Book of Lists

Poetry Aloud Here!

    Sharing Poetry with Children in the Library

Poetry People;

    A Practical Guide to Children's Poets

Children's Literature in Action;

    A Librarian's Guide

Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong are the organizing forces behind Pomelo Books, but we wouldn’t have books if not for the generosity and enthusiasm of the children’s poets community. So if you really want to know about Pomelo Books, please meet the poets first—and then come back and get to know us.


Selected Titles by Janet Wong:

Declaration of Interdependence:

    Poems for an Election Year

Once Upon a Tiger:

    New Beginnings for Endangered Animals

Behind the Wheel:

    Poems about Driving

The Rainbow Hand:

    Poems about Mothers and Children