Breathe. Stretch. Wiggle. Dance. March. Stomp. Reach!
Hop to It: Poems to Get You Moving is an anthology of 100 poems by 90 poets—with fun factoids sprinkled throughout, thematic mini-lessons, and extensive back matter featuring useful tips to help maximize student learning. You can share a new poem or two each week of the school year—and come back to share your students' favorite poems over and over! Poems involve the whole body and incorporate a wide variety of movements—including deskercise!
You'll find poems on current topics, such as life during a pandemic, virtual learning, staying connected with friends, and standing up for what you believe in. Take a "30-second indoor recess" (or "brain break") whenever you need it!
See the list of contributing poets here.
145 pages; 8.5"x11"; $19.99
Gotta love the word deskercise, right? This poem by Juli Mayer is perfect for reading out loud while seated at a desk. Move along with this clever how-to poem as you read and sit; children will love following the steps!
Did you know that the heart is the hardest-working muscle of the approximately 600 muscles in your body? Share this empowering poem by Zetta Elliott (and her video) to celebrate the hearts and minds of all children.
A human baby has between 275—300 bones; adults have only 206. Several bones fuse into single bones as we grow. Move your wrists, hands, ankles, and feet and clap and stamp as you read this poem by Joan Bransfield Graham!
Tae kwon do students start with a white belt and, as they improve, move to yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, brown, red, red + black, and then black belts. Learn to count to four in Korean with this poem by Yangsook Choi!
Make a reach up motion each time you hear the word reach, as you read the poem out loud. This poem by Rebecca Balcárcel contains several examples of alliteration (tippy toes, catch/cup, helpful hands, tall/tap/twirl).
No hugging? No handshakes? No in-person hellos? NO PROBLEM! You can wave with your foot, do an air bump, or flap your wings to say hello. This poem by Janet Wong makes a perfect "act-along" during a Zoom meeting. Try it!
Are your students suffering from the "no vacation" blues? Share this fun poem by contributing poet Michelle Schaub that celebrates the joys of staying at home!
Kids want to make a difference. They want to help our world become a better place. Have them pat themselves on the back each time the word "you" appears in Janet Wong's poem for an uplifting, affirming moment of inspiration!
"As is the case with all of the Pomelo Books offerings, the concept of this anthology is brilliant in its simplicity and effectiveness." —Michelle Heidenrich Barnes, poet and prominent blogger
"I wish I could put a copy on the desk of every administrator" —Paul Hankins, high school language arts teacher
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.
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.
See a Letter for Parents for schools to send home to families.
178 pages; 7"x10"; $29.99
Read the post by Michelle Heidenrich Barnes at Today's Little Ditty.
Read the review by Paul Hankins on Goodreads.
"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 by Janet Wong 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!
99 pages; 6" x 9"; $11.99
Publisher: YUZU, an imprint of Pomelo Books
Read "Classroom Connections with Janet Wong" at Today's Little Ditty.
See an excerpt from this book.
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