Books by Ted Kooser

MR. POSEY'S NEW GLASSES by Ted Kooser
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 16, 2019

"Surreal, wacky, and peppered with just a hint of danger. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Routine and sameness are wearing on Mr. Posey, a bespectacled, balding older man. Read full book review >
THE BELL IN THE BRIDGE by Ted Kooser
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"A bucolic story with more adult than child appeal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lonely boy finds but never meets a kindred spirit in this summer reverie. Read full book review >
HOUSE HELD UP BY TREES by Ted Kooser
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 2012

"Poignant and lovely. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Poet Kooser explores the tension between the human predilection for taming nature and the triumph of the wild. Read full book review >
BAG IN THE WIND by Ted Kooser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

In his first children's title, former Poet Laureate Kooser follows a plastic grocery bag, "just the color of the skin of a yellow onion," on a skittering journey from landfill to thrift shop. The exquisitely observed narrative renders the American landscape's dubious symbiosis—nominally natural, persistently industrial—worthy of a child's attention: "There were lots of young trees along the ditch, their twigs covered with hard little buds that would soon open, and the bag got caught on a branch and hung there the rest of the night, flapping and slapping in the wind." The author finds people, too, illuminating the good done when "reuse" meshes routinely into everyday life. A girl collects cans and buys a secondhand baseball glove, a man gathers and sells plastic bags to a shopkeeper. Curious readers are drawn toward the bag just as the bag is propelled along its gentle but pernicious cycle. Root's gouache-and-watercolor pictures, suffused with the pale gold light of early-spring dawns, capture the injured land, its quirky denizens and the bag's familiar—well—bagginess. Wonderful. (author's note about recycling plastic bags) (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >