Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Welcome to this site dedicated to celebrating the works of J. Patrick Lewis, Children's Poet Laureate and recipient of the National Council of Teachers Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. 

Here you will find readers guides and digital trailers created by teachers and librarians enrolled in graduate courses in children's literature at Texas Woman's University. You'll find tools for nearly ALL of Pat's books of poetry for children, including these titles (listed in alphabetical order): 
  • A Burst of Firsts
  • A Hippopotamusn't and Other Animal Verses
  • A World of Wonders:  Geographic Travels in Verse and Rhyme
  • Arithme-Tickle: An Even Number of Odd Riddle-Rhymes
  • Big is Big (and Little, Little)
  • Birds on a Wire
  • Blackbeard, the Pirate King
  • Boshblobberbosh; Runcible Poems for Edward Lear 
  • Castles: Old Stone Poems
  • Countdown to Summer: A Poem for Every Day of the School Year
  • Doodle Dandies: Poems That Take Shape
  • Earth Verses and Water Rhymes
  • Good Mornin’, Ms America: The USA in Verse
  • Good Mousekeeping: And Other Animal Home Poems
  • Heroes and She-Roes: Poems of Amazing and Everyday Heroes
  • Isabella Abnormella and the Very, Very Finicky Queen of Trouble
  • July is a Mad Mosquito
  • Long Was the Winter Road They Traveled
  • Monumental Verses
  • Please Bury Me In The Library
  • Riddle-icious
  • Riddle-Lightful
  • Ridicholas Nicholas: More Animal Poems
  • Scientrickery: Riddles in Science
  • Self Portrait with Seven Fingers: A Life of Marc Chagall in Verse
  • Skywriting: Poems in Flight
  • Spot the Plot! A Riddle Book of Book Riddles
  • Swan Song: Poems of Extinction
  • The Boat of Many Rooms: The Story of Noah in Verse
  • The Bookworm's Feast: A Potluck of Poems
  • The Brothers' War: Civil War Voices in Verse
  • The Fat-Cats At Sea
  • The House of Boo
  • The La-di-da Hare 
  • The Little Buggers: Insect and Spider Poems
  • The Snowflake Sisters 
  • The Underwear Salesman: And Other Jobs for Better or Verse
  • Tulip at the Bat
  • Under the Kissletoe; Christmastime Poems
  • Vherses: A Celebration of Outstanding Women
  • + Poems for Teaching in the Content Areas
Below, you'll find a dozen digital trailers, followed by another 30 readers guides full of fun and meaningful learning activities and connections. Enjoy! We hope you find all these useful and will be inspired to share Pat's poetry in your own creative ways.

P.S. In addition, J. Patrick (Pat) Lewis has published 10 other works of poetry for young people (to date) also worthy of consideration (but we don't have guides/trailers for everything-- yet!). Here's that list:
  • Freedom Like Sunlight: Praisesongs for Black Americans
  • Galileo’s Universe
  • Michelangelo’s World
  • Black Cat Bone
  • The House
  • Wing Nuts: Screwy Haiku (with Paul B. Janeczko)
  • The Fantastic 5&10 Cent Store
  • The World’s Greatest: Poems
  • Black Swan/White Crow
  • Once Upon a Tomb: Gravely Humorous Poems

Castles: Old Stone Poems


Trailer created by Jessica Pollock

Heroes and Sheroes; Poems of Amazing and Everyday Heroes

 Digital trailer by Amany Isa. 

The Underwear Salesman and Other Jobs For Better or Verse

Created by Chrissy Adkins (with help from her 5th grade class!)

Birds on a Wire: A Renga 'Round Town

Trailer created by Cheryl Read

Earth Verses and Water Rhymes

Trailer created by Christina Ehlig

Blackbeard: The Pirate King

Blackbeard: The Pirate King
by J. Patrick Lewis

Book Trailer by Michelle Holloway