Featured books by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Amazing Faces

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

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
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography, Poetry

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
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Poetry

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
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Poetry

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
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Poetry

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
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Poetry

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
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Poetry

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
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Poetry

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
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Poetry

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
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Biography, Poetry

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
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader
Genre: Poetry

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
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Poetry

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
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Poetry

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
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Poetry

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
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Poetry

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
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Poetry

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.

Weather: Poems for All Seasons

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

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
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Poetry

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

World Make Way: New Poems Inspired by Art from the Metropolitan Museum

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

What does a piece of art make you feel? This is what the poet/editor, Lee Bennett Hopkins, asked a diverse group of poets. Each examined work from the Metropolitan Museum and answered in a poem to create a unique and handsome collection. 

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