Providing K-12 teachers with poetry across the curriculum

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Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong offer many ways to integrate poetry into the curriculum

"savvy teachers have learned they can trust vardell & wong" —reading today (ILA)

We Make It EASY to Share Poetry!

Successful K-12 teachers and administrators build regular “touch points” into their routines to create a safe and engaging learning environment. Poetry can be a powerful tool for offering a shared literary experience in just a few minutes, with both curricular benefits and emotional connections for students at all levels. 


Our books in The Poetry Friday Anthology® series and the Poetry Friday Power Book series make it easy to use poetry for integrating skills, building language learning, crossing curricular areas, mentoring young writers, promoting critical thinking, fostering social-emotional development, and inviting students to respond creatively. A shared poetry moment can help build a classroom community filled with kindness, respect, and joy!

How to Buy Our Books

If you're in a hurry, Amazon will send you our books in a few days. If you have a little more time or you'd like to use a purchase order, we recommend contacting QEP Books, a small company with stellar customer service. Call them at (800) 323-6787. Or send us an email and we'll be happy to reach out to your favorite bookseller! 

THERE's a poem for that!

Create a Positive School Culture

Great Morning! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud creates a positive school culture

Start your day right with a poem during morning announcements! Principals and student leaders will find many topics in GREAT Morning! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud, from school safety to gratitude for the school custodian. Invite your superintendent, local celebrities, and parents to be guest readers!

Promote Diversity and Inclusion

All of the books published by Pomelo Books promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in the classroom

All of our books feature inclusive poems by diverse poets, but K-12 teachers and students will recognize diversity especially in the interactive writing journals and stories (with characters you'll root for) in the Poetry Friday Power Book series: HERE WE GO, PET CRAZY, and YOU JUST WAIT.  

Integrate Content Areas

Poetry across the curriculum combines language arts with science, technology, engineering, math

Pressed for time? Our books for K-12 teachers in The Poetry Friday Anthology® series include curricular connections to social studies (history, geography), the arts, PE/movement, and science, technology, engineering, and math.  Each poem in our core Poetry Friday books contains a Take 5! Mini-Lesson!

Invite Us to Speak

Tell us about your conference and inservice needs—we love sharing our passion for poetry with K-12 teachers, librarians, administrators, and parents! See a list of our upcoming speaking events on the Contact page.