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The Good Ship Crocodile
Illustrator: Monique Felix
Publisher: CREATIVE EDITIONS (2013)

When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders
Illustrators: A “showcase of five illustrators”
Publisher: CHRONICLE BOOKS (2013)

Face Bug
Photographer: Frederic B. Siskind
Illustrator: Kelly Murphy

World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You’ve Never Heard Of
Illustrator: Anna Raff
Publisher: CANDLEWICK (2013)

If You Were A Chocolate Mustache
Illustrator: Matthew Cordell

Take Two! A Celebration of Twins (with Jane Yolen)
Illustrator: Sophie Blackall
Publisher: CANDLEWICK (2012)

What's Looking at You, Kid?
Illustrator: Renee Graef
Publisher: SLEEPING BEAR PRESS (2012)

Edgar Allan Poe's Pie, And Other Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems
Illustrator: Michael Slack
Publisher: HARCOURT (2012)

Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs (with Jane Yolen)
Illustrator: Jeffrey Stewart Timmons
Publisher: CHARLESBRIDGE (2012)

The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry
Edited by JPL
Publisher: NGS (2012)

Tugg & Teeny
Publisher: SLEEPING BEAR PRESS (2011)

Tugg & Teeny:  Jungle Surprises
Publisher: SLEEPING BEAR PRESS (2011)

Tugg & Teeny:  That's What Friends Are For
Publisher: SLEEPING BEAR PRESS (2011)

And the Soldiers Sang
Publisher:  Creative Editions (2011)

Self-Portrait with Seven Fingers:
A Life of Marc Chagall in Verse
(with Jane Yolen)

Publisher:  Creative Editions (2011)

First Dog's White House Christmas
Publisher: SLEEPING BEAR PRESS (2010)

Gulls Hold Up the Sky
Publisher: LAUGHING FIRE PRESS (2010)

Copies of Gulls Hold Up the Sky, my first book of adult poetry, can be obtained from Laughing Fire Press at

The House
Illustrator: Roberto Innocenti
Publisher: CREATIVE EDITIONS (2009)

Spot the Plot!  A Riddle Book of Book Riddles
Illustrator: Lynn Munsinger
Publisher: CHRONICLE BOOKS (2009)

Countdown to Summer:  A Poem for Every Day of the School Year
Illustrator: Ethan Long
Publisher: LITTLE, BROWN (2009)

The Underwear Salesman
Illustrator: Serge Bloch

First Dog (with Beth Zappitello)
Illustrator: Tim Blowers
Publisher: SLEEPING BEAR PRESS (2009)

Birds on a Wire: Renga Round the Town (with Paul B. Janeczko)
Illustrator: Gary Lippincott
Publisher: BOYDS MILLS PRESS (2008)

The World’s Greatest: Poems

Illustrator: Keith Graves
Publisher: CHRONICLE BOOKS (2008)

The Brothers' War: Civil War Voices in Verse

Illustrator: Vintage art

Michelangelo’s World

Illustrator: Vintage Art
Publisher: CREATIVE EDITIONS (2007)

Poems for Teaching in the Content Areas: 75 Powerful Poems to Enhance Your History, Geography, Science and Math Lessons

Illustrator: none, professional book

Under the Kissletoe: Christmastime Poems

Illustrator: Rob Shepperson
Publisher: BOYDS MILLS PRESS (2007)

Big Is Big: A Book of Contrasts

Illustrator: Bob Barner
Publisher: HOLIDAY HOUSE (2007)

Tulip at the Bat

Illustrator: Amiko Hirao
Publisher: LITTLE, BROWN (2007)

Good Mornin', Miss America: The U.S.A. in Verse

Illustrator: Mark Clapsadle

Castles: Old Stone Poems
(with Rebecca Kai Dotlich)
Illustrator: Dan Burr

Once Upon A Tomb: Gravely Humorous Verses

Illustrator: Simon Bartram
Publisher: CANDLEWICK, 2006

Wing Nuts: Screwy Haiku
Illustrator: Tricia Tusa
Publisher: LITTLE, BROWN

Blackbeard: The Pirate King
Illustrator: Jeffrey Thompson

Black Cat Bone: The Life of Blues Legend Robert Johnson

Illustrator: Gary Kelley

VHERSES: A Celebration of Outstanding Women
Illustrator: Mark Summers
Publisher: Creative Editions
ISBN: 1568461852

Monumental Verses
Illustrator: Photographs

Galileo's Universe

Illustrator: Tom Curry

The Stolen Smile

Illustrator: Gary Kelley

Heroes and She-Roes: Poems of Amazing and Everyday Heroes
Illustrator: Jim Cooke
Publisher: Dial Books
ISBN: 0803729251

God Made The Skunk
Illustrator: Jerry King

Freedom Like Sunlight: Praisesongs for Black Americans
Illustrator: John Thompson
Publisher: CREATIVE EDITIONS, 2003
ISBN: 1-56846-163-1

Swan Song: Poems of Extinction
Illustrator: Christopher Wormell
Publisher: CREATIVE EDITIONS, 2003
ISBN: 1568461755

The Snowflake Sisters
Illustrator: Lisa Desimini
Publisher: ATHENEUM, 2003
ISBN: 0689850298

Scientrickery: Riddles in Science
Illustrator: Frank Remkiewicz
Publisher: HARCOURT, 2004

Doodle Dandies: Poems That Take Shape
Illustrator: Lisa Desimini
Publisher: S&S/ATHENEUM, 1998
ISBN: 0-689-81075-X

The Bookworm's Feast: A Potluck of Poems
Illustrator: John O'Brien
Publisher: DIAL, 1999
ISBN: 0-8037-1692-3

Earth & You: A Closer View: Nature's Features
Illustrator: Christopher Canyon
Publisher: DAWN PUBLICATIONS, 2001
ISBN: 1-58469-016-X

Earth & Us: Continuous: Nature's Past & Future
Illustrator: Christopher Canyon
Publisher: DAWN PUBLICATIONS, 2001
ISBN: 1-58469-024-0

Arithme-Tickle: An Even Number of Odd Riddle-Rhymes
Illustrator: Frank Remkiewicz
Publisher: HARCOURT, 2002
ISBN: 0-15-216418-9

The Last Resort
Illustrator: Roberto Innocenti
Publisher: CREATIVE EDITIONS, 2002
ISBN: 1-58340-104-0

Earth & Me: Our Family Tree: Nature's Creatures
Illustrator: Christopher Canyon
Publisher: DAWN PUBLICATIONS, 2002
ISBN: 1-58469-031-3

Please Bury Me In The Library
Illustrator: Kyle M. Stone
Publisher: Gulliver Books
ISBN: 0152163875


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A Hippopotamusn't: And Other Animal Poems
Illustrator: Vicky Chess
Publisher: DIAL, 1988
ISBN: Available in paperback

The La-Di-Da Hare
Illustrator: Diana Cain Bluthenthal
Publisher: S&S/ATHENEUM, 1997
ISBN: 0-689-31925-8

Boshblobberbosh: Runcible Poems for Edward Lear
Illustrator: Gary Kelley
Publisher: CREATIVE EDITIONS, 1998
ISBN: 0-15-201949-9

Isabella Abnormella and the Very, Very Finicky Queen of Trouble
Illustrator: Kyrsten Brooker
Publisher: DK, INK, 2000
ISBN: 0-7894-2605-6

Good Mousekeeping: And Other Animal Home Poems
Illustrator: Lisa Desimini
Publisher: S&S/ATHENEUM, 2001
ISBN: 0-689-83161-7

A Burst of Firsts: Doers, Shakers, and Record Breakers
Illustrator: Brian Ajhar
Publisher: DIAL, 2001
ISBN: 0-8037-2108-0

The Shoe Tree of Chagrin
Illustrator: Chris Sheban
Publisher: CREATIVE EDITIONS, 2001
ISBN: 1-56846-173-9

A World of Wonders: Geographic Travels in Verse and Rhyme
Illustrator: Alison Jay
Publisher: DIAL, 2002
ISBN: 0-8037-2579-5

Illustrator: Vicky Chess
Publisher: KNOPF, 1996

Earth Verses and Water Rhymes
Illustrator: Robert Sabuda
Publisher: S&S/ATHENEUM, 1991

Riddle-Lightful: Oodles of Little Riddle-Poems
Illustrator: Debby Tilley
Publisher: KNOPF, 1998

At the Wish of the Fish: A Russian Folktale
Illustrator: Katya, Krenina
Publisher: S&S/ATHENEUM, 1999

The Little Buggers: Insect and Spider Poems
Illustrator: Vicky Chess
Publisher: DIAL, 1998

July Is a Mad Mosquito
Illustrator: Melanie Hall
Publisher: S&S/ATHENEUM, 1994

The House of Boo
Illustrator: Katya Krenina
Publisher: S&S/ATHENEUM, 1998

The Boat of Many Rooms: The Story of Noah in Verse
Illustrator: Reg Cartwright
Publisher: S&S/ATHENEUM, 1997

Black Swan, White Crow
Illustrator: Chris Manson
Publisher: S&S/ATHENEUM, 1999

The Tsar and the Amazing Cow
Illustrator: Friso Henstra
Publisher: DIAL, 1988

Two-legged, Four-legged, No-legged Rhymes
Illustrator: Pam Paparone
Publisher: KNOPF, 1991

The Moonbow of Mr. B. Bones
Illustrator: Dirk Zimmer
Publisher: KNOPF, 1992

The Frog Princess
Illustrator: Gennady Spirin
Publisher: DIAL, 1994

One Dog Day
Publisher: S&S/ATHENEUM, 1993

The Christmas of the Reddle Moon
Illustrator: Gary Kelley
Publisher: DIAL, 1994

Night of the Goat Children
Illustrator: Alexi Natchev
Publisher: DIAL, 1999

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