Books by Lee Bennett Hopkins

A BUNCH OF PUNCTUATION by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Both playful and enlightening, period. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
A collection of peppy poems and clever pictures explains different forms of punctuation. Read full book review >
SCHOOL PEOPLE by Lee Bennett Hopkins
edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Ellen Shi
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Useful, if not vital, for a back-to-school collection and good for reading aloud. (Picture book/poetry. 4-7)"
Poems about school staff aim to reassure anxious young students. Read full book review >
TRAVELING THE BLUE ROAD by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: Dec. 17, 2017

"Care and research are evident throughout this poignant book, which is much more than its subtitle, 'Poems of the Sea'; in essence and in sum, it is a history of inhumanity. (Picture book/poetry. 8-14)"
A collection of illustrated poems explores human travel across oceans through history. Read full book review >
AMAZING PLACES by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Amazing, indeed: American readers will come away both proud of what the country has to offer and eager to visit the sites in person. (Poetry. 6-11)"
This companion to Amazing Faces (2015) is a tribute to United States landmarks and adds illustrator Hale as a collaborator. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"The final stanza of Cynthia S. Cotten's 'My Card' says it all: 'My library card / unlocks the world / and more / with a single / scan.' Amen. (Picture book/poetry5-12)"
The title of this book of 15 poems will immediately grab the attention of teachers and librarians. Read full book review >
Released: March 3, 2015

"Young board-book listeners will be happy when their caregivers take Hopkins' advice: 'Read to me—then— / read to me / read to me / again and again.' (Board book. 1-3)"
In his first collection for toddlers, master anthologist Hopkins has organized 30 poems by over 20 poets in five sections: "Family," "Food," "Firsts," "Play," and "Bedtime." Read full book review >
MANGER by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A lovely collection for those who wish to emphasize the Christian nature of the holiday, worth savoring slowly during the Christmas season. (Poetry/religion. 6-8)"
The eminent anthologist of children's poetry has gathered together 15 poems from many sources, all centered around the theme of animals that might have been present on the night of the birth of Jesus. Read full book review >
ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A poor performance, '[s]ans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.' (introduction, indexes) (Poetry. 8-11, adult)"
Like the old man's hose, Shakespeare's "Seven Ages of Man" speech is "a world too wide" to be well-served by this paltry selection of 21 poems, three per "age." Read full book review >
NASTY BUGS by Lee Bennett Hopkins
edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Will Terry
Released: March 15, 2012

"As the bedbug says, 'absolutely / deeee licious'; a delightful introduction for audiences not quite ready for Douglas Florian's Insectlopedia (1998) or Joyce Sidman's Song of the Water Boatman, illustrated by Beckie Prange (2005). (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
In poems written especially for this humorously illustrated collection, 16 versatile poets describe 16 different, mostly familiar and certainly unwelcome insects. Read full book review >
FULL MOON AND STAR by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Perfect for budding thespians, this book in three acts would make an excellent springboard for classroom explorations of drama. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Two young friends separately discover playwriting and then realize the benefits of cooperation. Read full book review >
HEAR MY PRAYER by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Several prayers are difficult to read because they are printed within illustrations on dark backgrounds of night skies, but overall it is a sweet collection. (Picture book/religion. 3-7)"
Hopkins, one of the best-known anthologists of children's poetry, has selected 13 short prayers for this collection, including two of his own. Read full book review >
AMAZING FACES by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: May 1, 2010

"Undeniably attractive and potentially useful in a classroom setting but ultimately less than the sum of its parts, this collection may struggle to find an appreciative audience. (Poetry. 7-10)"
Faces and the emotions they reveal are the focus for this appealing but uneven poetry collection. Read full book review >
SHARING THE SEASONS by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: March 9, 2010

"Popsicles…' Good all year round. (Poetry. 7-12)"
Cheery, upbeat and accessible—and lovely to boot. Read full book review >
CITY I LOVE by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: April 1, 2009

"Endpaper maps identify the cities depicted, though a key to assist untraveled children in the game is absent. (Picture book/poetry. 7-10)"
In 18 very short poems, Hopkins returns to one of his favorite subjects, adopting a child's voice (or once a mother pigeon's) to express deep affection for city life, sights, buildings, noises, subways, entertainments and seasons. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2009

"Both an easy introduction to nonfiction for young children and a fund of interesting trivia for older readers. (Picture book/poetry. 5-12)"
This compendium of small poems about common inventions will entertain and inform a wide span of age groups, either as a read-aloud, read-together or read-alone. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2008

"This title in the long-standing I Can Read series should sell itself in bookstores and should be a first purchase for libraries. (Early reader/poetry. 5-8)"
This well-chosen anthology focuses on classroom and schoolyard experiences and is just right for beginning readers in primary grades. Read full book review >
AMERICA AT WAR by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: March 4, 2008

"A worthy but flawed effort. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Some 55 poems memorialize America's wars from the Revolutionary War through the Iraq War, touching on both bravery and sacrifice, emphasizing, according to anthologist Hopkins's introduction, "the emotional impact." Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2007

"Buy where needed. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)"
Hopkins selects 14 child-appealing poems centered on the allure of museums and their treasures. Read full book review >
GOT GEOGRAPHY! by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: March 1, 2006

"Still, browsing armchair travelers may be inspired to grab their compasses and boldly go. (Poetry. 8-12)"
"If I were the equator / I would have an attitude. / I'd boast the most about my no degrees of latitude," writes Kathryn Madeline Allen in the third poem in Hopkins's collection of 16 geography-related verses. Read full book review >
OH NO! WHERE ARE MY PANTS? by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: March 1, 2005

"And, often enough, sympathetic laughter. (acknowledgments) (Poetry. 7-9)"
Fourteen modern poets, many of them lesser-known, present a selective catalogue of common incidents or fluffs that can haunt children, from missing a big catch or suffering a moment of stage fright, to mourning the death of a class rabbit. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"There is much to share in this splendid volume—a must-have for every collection. (Poetry/nonfiction. 7-12)"
The latest offering from distinguished poet and anthologist Hopkins celebrates each day of the year in a glorious mélange of facts, quotes, and poetry from the best poets, new and old. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS PRESENTS by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Most illustrations cover the entire spread, with the poetry text integrated within the illustration, giving the volume a lively flair. (index) (Easy reader/poetry. 4-8)"
The preeminent anthologist of children's poetry offers another well-chosen thematic collection in the respected I Can Read series for new readers. Read full book review >
HANUKKAH LIGHTS by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Good, basic, and simple holiday reading. (index) (Easy reader/poetry. 5-8)"
Adding to his successful I Can Read collection of poetry anthologies, Hopkins has compiled 12 verses related to the holiday from well-known authors such as Jane Yolen, Maria Fleming, and Lillian Fisher. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2004

"Like Eloise Greenfield's similarly themed In the Land of Words (2003), this will draw plenty of readers and listeners with its bright colors, and bright words. (Poetry. 7-12)"
Fifteen poets, from Emily Dickinson to Karla Kuskin, celebrate the pleasures of communicating, while Barbour underscores those pleasures with dazzling, sometimes kaleidoscopic scenes of open books and stylized, often unusually colored human or animal figures. Read full book review >
ALPHATHOUGHTS by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: April 1, 2003

"Likely to be a popular choice for teachers to use in the classroom. (Poetry. 4-8)"
Hopkins paves the way for children to think about the alphabet (and perhaps poetry as well), by offering one word for each letter and then a short, non-rhyming poem of definition that includes at least one more word also beginning with the letter. Read full book review >
A PET FOR ME by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: March 1, 2003

"An index of authors and titles is included, although a contents page is not, which seems to put the bibliographic cart before the horse. (Easy reader/poetry. 5-8)"
In this thematic poetry collection, noted anthologist Hopkins (Home to Me: Poems Across America, 2002, etc.) has selected 20 simple, humorous poems about children's pets for this addition to the I Can Read series. Read full book review >
HOME TO ME by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A lovely work. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Hopkins and Alcorn (Hoofbeats, Claws, and Rippled Fins, p. 46, etc.) repeat their successful collaboration with a new themed collection. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2002

"However, teachers will appreciate this fine work for its wide variety of poetic formats and the thought-provoking nature of the poems themselves, and with a helpful introduction by an adult, both art and poetry will find success with kids. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Hopkins, the preeminent and prolific anthologist of children's poetry, teams up again with Alcorn for their second thematic collection (My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States, 2000). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Most students study the 50 states in the upper elementary grades (with many teachers integrating poetry across the curriculum), so this volume will be a logical and welcome choice for larger school and public library collections. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Hopkins (Lives: Poems About Famous Americans, 1999, etc.) is one of the foremost anthologists of children's poetry, with thematic collections on an amazing variety of topics, including school-related subjects such as math, science, American history, even school supplies and books themselves. Read full book review >
YUMMY! by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Together, the poetry and illustrations fit tightly, like a sandwich cookie—meant for each other and yummy to the core! (Picture book. 4-6)"
A whimsical kaleidoscope of watercolor and gouache illustrations whets the appetite of voracious children eating their way through breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and dessert in 16 delectable, poetic menu choices. Read full book review >
OPENING DAYS by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: March 1, 1996

"The imagery in Medlock's bright, heroic paintings ably captures the mood and energy of the poems. (Picture book/poetry. 8-12)"
The team behind Extra Innings (1993), a book of baseball poems, widens their coverage of sports with this collection of 18 pieces of verse as nimble as their subjects. Read full book review >
GOOD RHYMES, GOOD TIMES by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: June 30, 1995

"Lessac's vivid multicultural urban landscape is as accessible as Hopkins's enthusiastic verse; adults will find this a pleasure to read aloud, with its celebration of events important to children: the loss of a tooth, a new puppy, or a Valentine from someone special. (Picture book/poetry. 4-7)"
A poet known for his theme-based anthologies (Small Talk, p. 469, etc.) collects nothing but his own work in a pretty picture book. Read full book review >
SMALL TALK by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: April 1, 1995

"In a field of little books of little poems, this one is outstanding. (Poetry. 5-10)"
Thirty-three little texts, none longer than 12 lines, set one to a page and graced by either a miniature painting inside a simple geometric frame or a full-bleed double-page watercolor. Read full book review >
EXTRA INNINGS by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: March 1, 1993

"A hit! (Poetry. 5+)"
An attractive offering that seems—as a collection of poems about baseball—to be unique: 19 high-quality entries, including a couple of excerpts (e.g., from Golenbock's Teammates); the inevitable Casey; reliables like Lillian Morrison, Patricia Hubbell, and the anthologist; and some elegantly evocative, but perfectly accessible, adult voices—Robert Francis's ``Base Stealer,'' May Swenson's splendid, ever-hypnotic ``Analysis of Baseball.'' On every spread, Medlock's handsomely constructed impressionistic oils exude color and enthusiasm, capturing the body language and facial expressions of the pros and the boys and girls of Little League with equal skill. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Useful. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-8)"
From Karla Kuskin's ``Bugs'' to Margaret Wise Brown's, here are 20 ``Poems About Bugs and Other Crawly Creatures,'' many of them already familiar. Read full book review >
THROUGH OUR EYES by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"An attractive, up-to-the- minute setting for some proven favorites. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-8)"
What distinguishes this particular volume (subtitled Poems and Pictures About Growing Up), by a skilled and prolific poet- anthologist, is the crisply reproduced color photos linking the 16 poems—most of them from contemporary authors and already familiar—to the world that today's kids know: urban, multicultural, and not always privileged. Read full book review >
QUESTIONS by Lee Bennett Hopkins
edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Carolyn Croll
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Just right. (Poetry/Easy reader. 5-9)"
A noted poet and anthologist presents his third ``I Can Read'' book, with 30 high-quality selections from well-known poets (Aldis to Wilbur) provocatively grouped under six queries that often cause new readers grief: ``Who?'' ``Where?'' ``What?'' ``When?'' ``How?'' ``Why?'' Many entries are familiar, but the creative arrangement illuminates them afresh, while also giving those pesky words new interest by featuring them in the easily read verse. Read full book review >
TO THE ZOO by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: March 1, 1992

"Using multiple insets and frames, Wallner provides plenty to look at in each carefully composed double spread; his gently anthropomorphized animals aren't sentimentally portrayed, but they do have popular appeal and should help draw readers to this pleasant collection. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-10)"
Nineteen more or less contemporary poems, most of them previously published but relatively unfamiliar; each is brief, lyrical, and expresses a child's pleasure or curiosity. Read full book review >
ON THE FARM by Lee Bennett Hopkins
edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Laurel Molk
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Not essential, but of good quality and pleasantly inviting. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-8)"
Large-size, perceptively observed paintings make an appealing accompaniment to 16 poems (mostly available elsewhere and mostly about animals), including fine entries from Valerie Worth, David McCord, and William Carlos Williams. Read full book review >
HAPPY BIRTHDAY by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Released: Aug. 30, 1991

"A simple idea for a book, executed with unusual success. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-8)"
An appealing, hand-sized collection of 16 poems, mostly contemporary and familiar but concluding with a line from Shakespeare, deftly arranged to lead the reader through a day and the preparations for a traditional party. Read full book review >