A poetry Friday Power Book
by Silvia Vardell and
Calling all “pet
people”! PET CRAZY: A Poetry Friday Power Book
features twelve PowerPacks that use 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.
Friday Anthology series
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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
Vardell’s other professional books include: Poetry Aloud
Here: Sharing Poetry with Children (2012) and The Poetry
Teacher’s Book of Lists (2012).
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).
books include: Before It Wriggles Away (A Richard C.
Owen "Meet the Author" Book), You Have to Write (2002),
and A Suitcase of Seaweed (1996) and others.
Books by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong are
published by their company, pomelo
books. We are honored to distribute The Poetry Friday Anthology