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Featured books by Mary Ann Hoberman

Readers of all ages have responded warmly to work by this prolific and thoughtful poet. They will understand why Mary Ann Hoberman was named the children's poet laureate. Her work continues to appeal to readers of all ages as her light, often humorous touch often provides insight and wisdom. Read about families of all kinds, gardens and houses and their inhabitants, and meet the young protagonist of the poet's first novel. Above all else, readers will likely nod as they recall something they didn't even know they knew as they enjoy Mary Ann Hoberman's writing.

A House Is a House for Me

By: Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrated by: Betty Fraser
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A lively rhyming cadence introduces many different houses for various residents. From spiders to birds to stories, each has a place to live — but always, "a house is a house for me!"

All Kinds of Families

By: Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrated by: Marc Boutavant
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Playful language distinguishes this broad and often funny look at what makes “family.” Vibrant, detailed, and stylized illustrations complement this engaging rhyming jaunt.

Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers: A Collection of Family Poems

By: Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrated by: Marylin Hafner
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Regardless of how a family is created or who belongs to it, these gentle and sometimes wise, often humorous poems will glimpse many family configurations. The attractive collection will share aloud well.

I Know and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

By: Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrated by: Nadine Wescott
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The traditional song of a voracious old lady with odd eating habits comes in this retelling with comic illustrations that add even more silliness to the familiar song. (One in a series of songs recast by Hoberman.)

I Like Old Clothes

By: Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrated by: Patrice Barton
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

An imaginative child shares her pleasure in old clothing, repurposing them and finding joy in imagining the history, mystery surrounding them. Soft, expressive illustrations accompany the lively rhythmic, rhyming text.

Seven Silly Eaters

By: Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrated by: Marla Frazee
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Each child in Mrs. Peter's growing family is a picky eater, driving the poor woman to distraction. That is, until the day the children come up with a satisfactory and satisfying resolution. Detail abounds in the very funny and surprisingly realistic illustrations.

Strawberry Hill

By: Mary Ann Hoberman
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Ten year old Allie Sherman resists her family's move until she learns that they will live on Strawberry Hill. It is on this intriguing sounding street that Allie finds a friend, confronts racism, and comes to appreciate her family. Set during the Great Depression, this nostalgic novel continues to ring true.

The Llama Who Had No Pajamas

By: Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrated by: Betty Fraser
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Many of the rhymes and poems in this engagingly illustrated collection have appeared in other (now unavailable) books. Here they are well presented and clearly organized, ideal for reading aloud.

The Tree that Time Built

By: Mary Ann Hoberman, Linda Winston
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

While not all poems are suitable, this is a rich collection of poems dealing with nature and science from which the teacher may draw.

The Tree that Time Built: A Celebration of Nature, Science & Imagination

By: Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrated by: Linda Winston
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Clearly organized with lucid introductions to each section as well as for select poems, this handsome anthology includes a range of poems and poets for an evocative, informative, and often inspiring look at science and nature.

Whose Garden Is It?

By: Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrated by: Jane Dyer
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

While out walking, Mrs. McGee and her young charge wonder aloud about the beautiful garden. A host of elegantly dressed insects and animals claim it in this engaging, delicately illustrated rhyming tale.

You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fables to Read Together

By: Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrated by: Michael Emberley
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Humorous illustration and color-coded, rhyming text present retellings of familiar fables that include the morals (though with a light touch). Newly independent readers will have fun reading the short, snappy text with a second reader as they enjoy the cheery visuals.

You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together

By: Mary Ann Hoberman, Michael Emberley
Illustrated by: Michael Emberley
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Take-offs of Mother Goose rhymes are the subject in this third read aloud/read together book. Color-coded text indicates when each of two readers should read alone or together. Comic cartoon-like illustrations romp across and through each double page poetic tale.

You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together

By: Mary Ann Hoberman, Michael Emberley
Illustrated by: Michael Emberley
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Rhyming tales written for two voices makes an ideal — and humorous — introduction to readers' theater. Well known fairy tales have been adapted, reorganized and reinvigorated with lively language and sprightly illustrations, worthy of many dramatizations.

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"You may have tangible wealth untold. Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be — I had a mother who read to me." — Strickland Gillilan