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About Janet S. Wong
Janet S. Wong (www.janetwong.com) is an award-winning author and anthologist of three dozen books for young readers, teachers, and parents. One of the most distinctive things about Janet Wong's body of work is its variety. There's at least one book for anyone—and EVERYONE!
ALEX AND THE WEDNESDAY CHESS CLUB
How about giving chess a try? There's a whole community of kids who love playing chess and have fun doing it online and in person. Chess is great exercise for the mind—and fun, too!
APPLE PIE 4th of JULY
This book landed Janet a gig at the White House—and reminds us of the importance of diversity and inclusion.
Gorgeous illustrations by E.B. Lewis enhance this story about making a house feel like a home.
A SUITCASE OF SEAWEED & MORE
In this reissue of the classic book A SUITCASE OF SEAWEED, each of the original poems is accompanied by a prose piece about the poem and by writing prompts. An NCTE Poetry Notable.
KNOCK ON WOOD: Poems about Superstitions
Kids love learning about superstitions—especially lucky things that they can do! Use this book as a starting point and have kids interview family members about their own superstitions.
TWIST: Yoga Poems
This book will get yoga fans of all ages stretching their minds and bodies in their favorite poses.
GOOD LUCK GOLD
This first book by Janet Wong is a classic collection of poems about the Asian American experience. Claremont Graduate School Recognition of Merit Award.
BEHIND THE WHEEL: Poems about Driving
Forty poems for teens about driving also use driving as a metaphor for a wide variety of life issues. YALSA Quick Pick for YA Readers.
THE RAINBOW HAND: Poems about Mothers and Children
This book makes a perfect gift for new mothers with poems reflecting on the motherhood experience such as "The Gift of Breathing Slow."
ONCE UPON A TIGER: New Beginnings for Endangered Animals
"Pourquoi tale" poems about endangered animals, with embedded facts and nonfiction notes.
DECLARATION OF INTERDEPENDENCE: Poems for an Election Year
Although these mostly-lighthearted and nonpartisan poems were written a few election cycles ago, the messages of participation and liberty still apply.
ME AND ROLLY MALOO
This hybrid graphic novel sparks discussions about cheating (why we do it and how to say no). A Horace Mann Upstanders Award Honor Book.
MINN AND JAKE
This "easy reader for 5th graders" focuses on the unlikely friendship between a lizard-loving girl and a tech geek. A Washington Sasquatch finalist and BCCB Blue Ribbon Award winner.
MINN AND JAKE'S ALMOST TERRIBLE SUMMER
In this sequel to the popular MINN AND JAKE, Jake visits his old home in Los Angeles and learns "you can't go back home again."
BOOKS ABOUT WRITING
YOU HAVE TO WRITE
A picture book about the writing and revision process—used widely in school districts nationwide.
BEFORE IT WRIGGLES AWAY
A "Meet the Author" book that gives insight into the writing process with a "just do it" message to put ideas down on paper "before they wriggle away."
POETRY ANTHOLOGIES CREATED WITH SYLVIA VARDELL
HOP TO IT: POEMS TO GET YOU MOVING: Need a break? Hop to it! This book of 100 poems by 90 poets features movement poems, pandemic poems, and social justice poems.
GREAT MORNING! POEMS FOR SCHOOL LEADERS TO READ ALOUD: "Morning announcement" poems on respect, mindfulness, inclusion, safety, and other important topics.
THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR CELEBRATIONS: 150+ poems on holidays. Each poem is in English and Spanish, with teaching tips in the Teacher/Librarian Edition and illustrations in the Student Edition.
THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR SCIENCE: 200+ poems on science with mini-lessons tied to the NGSS in the Teacher/Librarian Edition and illustrations in the Student Edition (called THE POETRY OF SCIENCE).
THE POETRY FRIDAY POWER BOOK SERIES: These are interactive writing journals featuring stories in poems; readers are encouraged to write in these books.
PET CRAZY: For pet lovers in Grades K-4.
HERE WE GO: For kids in Grades 3-8 who want to make a difference in the world.
YOU JUST WAIT: For tweens and teens who are interested in soccer, basketball, food, and movies.
ABOUT JANET WONG:
When Janet Wong is not writing, speaking at teacher conferences, or sharing writing tips with children in schools via Zoom and in person, she spends most of her time at her home in Princeton, NJ with her husband and their very opinionated dog. See more at janetwong.com and pomelobooks.com.
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There are a few things / about your best friend
that you can only learn / when you see where he's from.
Minn knew / that Jake was from the city.
But she didn't know / that his grandmother was Korean.
That he liked taking bubble baths. / That his brother, Soup,
might be an eating champion. / That Jake was a cheater,
and that he had a . . . / girlfriend?!
There are some things / about your best friend
that it's better not / to know.
Bouncing free verse and playful black-and-white illustrations combine to make this a charming follow-up to Minn and Jake.
Minn and Jake's Almost Terrible Summer is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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A surprising friendship
Do you ever feel like you've somehow lost your true best friend? Minn feels this way. So does Jake. But Minn and Jake have no intention of being friends. Minn's a string bean. Jake's a shrimp. Minn's a girl. Jake's a boy. And in fifth grade, who wants a best friend of the opposite sex? But Minn and Jake are forced together by circumstances, which only strengthen their resistance . . . until Minn takes Jake lizard hunting. There are lots of good ways to choose a friend.
This enchanting free-verse novel, accompanied by expressive, humorous black-and-white drawings, proves that sometimes friendship just happens.
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