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Lee Bennett Hopkins: Poetry Collections

There is always a surprise or two in collections of poetry compiled by Lee Bennett Hopkins. He brings together a range of poetry by diverse poets to help readers think differently about even the most familiar things. It’s even possible to find a poem by Mr. Hopkins himself in his collections.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Amazing Faces

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by: Chris K. Soentpiet
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The diversity of the United States is celebrated in this collection of poems accompanied by handsome, realistic watercolors.

Been to Yesterdays: Poems of a Life

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by: Charlene Rendeiro
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography, Poetry
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Readers will recognize the emotional impact of one year in the writer’s life, a year of change, growth, pain and joy. It is presented in economical but powerful poems.

Give Me Wings

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by: Ponder Goembel
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Take flight with a bit of imagination and a varied collection of poems. Handsome illustrations enhance the short poems presented to encourage flying with or without wings.

Hamsters, Shells, and Spelling Bees: School Poems

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by: Sachiko Yoshikawa
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Familiar subjects are presented in short poems by a range of writers. These easier-to read works are just right to encourage careful listening.

Hand in Hand: An American History Through Poetry

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by: Peter Fiore
Genre: Nonfiction, Poetry
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Work by both well and lesser-known poets is presented by subject for an inspiring glimpse of American history as well as varied styles of poetry complemented by bold illustrations.

I Am the Book

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by: Yayo
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Celebrate the wonders of books and what they hold in this collection of poems written by well-known children's poets. Semiabstract illustrations provide an imaginative look at those "…befriended again & again/by a well-loved book./…a wealth/we never lose."

Incredible Inventions

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by: Julia Sarcone-Roach
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Real inventions come into focus in this poetry collection, some factually, others fancifully; each is sure to make readers think anew about what is often taken for granted!

Jessie Willcox Smith Mother Goose

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by: Jessie Willcox Smith
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The charm and sensibilities the late 19th and early 20th century are captured by illustrator Jessie Willcox Smith.

Jumping Off Library Shelves

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by: Jane Manning
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

What do books and libraries mean to readers young or old? Fifteen poems pay tribute to just that. Poets included are generally well known and are accompanied by jaunty, playful illustrations which together are sure to please.

Lives: Poems About Famous Americans

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by: Leslie Staub
Genre: Biography, Poetry
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Well-known figures in American history are presented by diverse poets in a range of styles, pictured in folk art style portraits. 

Lullaby and Kisses Sweet: Poems to Love with Your Baby

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by: Alyssa Nassner
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Every day, young children and their families can celebrate familiar things and activities in this sturdy, handsome, and appealing collection of 30 poems. Each short piece by a range of poets is about food, family, firsts, play and bedtime, creating a memorable collection just right for the youngest listener.

Marvelous Math: A Book of Poems

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by: Karen Barbour
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This collection of poems by Karla Kuskin, David McCord, and Janet Wong features rhymes about mathematics, numbers, and having fun, accompanied by illustrations in a naïve style.

Oh, No! Where Are My Pants? and Other Disasters: Poems

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by: Wolf Erlbruch
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Everyone has had a moment or a day in which nothing seems to be going right. These short, gently illustrated poems not only recall some of these uncomfortable moments, but are sure to help readers recognize the humor in them.

Sharing the Seasons: A Book of Poems

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by: David Diaz
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Twelve poems for each of the four seasons come together to provide a unique perspective of the seasons.

Sky Magic

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by: Mariusz Stawarski
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Poets have always looked to the sky for inspiration. A range of contemporary and older poets and their exploration of the stars, sky, moon — and more — are presented, illustrated with lush, evocative paintings.

Sports! Sports! Sports! A Poetry Collection

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by: Brian Floca
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Can a poem capture the excitement, exhilaration, or anguish of defeat when playing sports? The poems here do all that and more! It's an easy-to-read collection that's illustrated with just the right light touch.

The Dream Keeper and Other Poems

By: Langston Hughes
Illustrated by: Brian Pinkney
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The great American poet Langston Hughes chose the poems in this classic collection, originally published for young people in 1932.

Weather: Poems for All Seasons

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Easier to read poems focus on weather and seasons.

Wonderful Words: Poems About Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by: Karen Barbour
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Attractive illustration combines with wide-ranging poetry to recognize and celebrate words and language.

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