The Poetry Friday Anthology by Sylvia Vardell
(Common Core K-5 edition): Poems for the School Year with Connections to the Common Core

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This is the FULL K-5 edition of The Poetry Friday Anthology (Common Core) e-book. This volume contains 218 poems for K-5 with curriculum connections for each.

You can use this book together with the paperback version; type in search words and show a poem to your whole class by using a projector and your computer. And if you like these poems, look for our single-grade e-books for additional grades.

There are also individual grade level e-books listed separately.

And a 288-page paperback version of The Poetry Friday Anthology.

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The complete Poetry Friday Anthology offers a set of 36 poems (a poem-a-week for the 9 months of the typical school year) for each grade level, K-5.
The 218 poems in The Poetry Friday Anthology (the complete K-5 version) represent the work of 75 of the best children’s poets who are writing today.

Those poets include: Jack Prelutsky, J. Patrick Lewis, Allan Wolf, Nikki Grimes, Jane Yolen, Arnold Adoff, X.J. Kennedy, Linda Sue Park, Gail Carson Levine, Kathi Appelt, and more. See for a complete list.

Drawing on decades of experience in classrooms all over the world as well as volumes of academic research and writing, Vardell and Wong have designed activities that are poem-specific, skill-based, and developmentally appropriate for each weekly poem. Infuse poem-sharing throughout the day and throughout the curriculum. And don’t be surprised if it’s a wonderful poem moment that students remember most vividly at the end of the school year!


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).

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Published August 23, 2012 by Pomelo Books. 288 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books.

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The afterword offers readers a look at some of the forms of poetry used in the book including blues poems, haiku, limericks, sonnets, odes, praise poems, list poems and more.

May 15 2013 | Read Full Review of The Poetry Friday Anthology (...

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Overall, the short poems in this anthology capture the simplicity and splendor of the senses that will, when read aloud, captivate and excite readers.

Apr 21 2014 | Read Full Review of The Poetry Friday Anthology (...

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