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Franco, B. (2006). Math Poetry: Linking Language and Math in a Fresh Way. Culver City, CA: Good Year Books.

Fresch, M.J. (2014). Engaging Minds in English Language Arts Classrooms: The Surprising Power of Joy. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Fresch, M.J. & Harkins, P. (2009). The Power of Picture Books: Using Content Area Literature in Middle School. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

Harrison, D.L. (1998). The Purchase of Small Secrets. Illustrated by Meryl Henderson. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong.

Harrison, D.L. & Fresch, M.J. (2018). 7 Keys to Research for Writing Success. New York: Scholastic.

Hunt, I. (2002, reprint). Across Five Aprils. New York: Berkley.

Lewis, J.P. (2012). National Geographic’s Book of Animal Poetry. Washington, D.C: National Geographic.

Lewis, J.P. (2007). The Brothers’ War: Civil War Voices in Verse. Washington, D.C: National Geographic.

Maddox, M. (2008). A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong.

Sidman, J. (2010). Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors. Illustrated by B. Prange. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Websites Cited

Behind the Name

Clark, D.H. (2007). 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, Fun…

Missouri Botanical Garden

Poetry Foundation

Poetry Foundation for Children


Dr. Mary Jo Fresch is Professor Emerita from the Department of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University. She is currently a Faculty Fellow

in the University Institute for Teaching and Learning where she oversseesa a new faculty

mentoring program. She has written over 60 articles that appear in professional journals such as Language Arts, Journal of Literacy Research, The Reading Teacher, Reading and Writing Quarterly and Reading Psychology. She has authored/co-authored 19 books for teachers including Effective Strategies for Balanced Literacy, 7 Keys to Research for Writing Success, The Power of Picture Book, Playing with Poetry (a 5-book series of phonemic and phonological awareness), and Engaging Minds in the English Language Arts Classroom: The Surprising Power of Joy. She blogs at and her current books are available at


All the books below were written by Mary Jo & /OR Tim R. They provide materials for both younger & older chidren designed to teach various skills/strategies using poetry.


Mary Jo's book on balanced literacy.