Welcome to the Wonder House is on the Academy of American Poets 2023 Summer Books List for Young Readers!

A Welcome to the Wonder House Discussion Guide for Educators and Parents is now available

I’m so pleased to announce that My Thoughts Are Clouds: Poems for Mindfulness has been chosen as one of 20 books for California State Library, The First Partner’s Summer Book Club!

Watch this Poetry Read-Aloud video created by Scholastic for Storyworks Magazine

I write poetry books, poetry anthologies, books on writing for teachers, children’s books, essays and even a coloring book. If you look closely at all my books, they share a common theme of writing to touch the heart. You can see all of my books below.


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Heart Map Books

Heart Maps: Helping Students Create and Craft Authentic Writing

Open Your Heart: A Calming and Meditative Coloring Book

Poetry Books

A FIELD GUIDE TO THE HEART: POEMS OF LOVE, COMFORT & HOPE (Poems & Journal) co-authored with Rebecca Kai Dotlich

The Woman in This Poem: Women’s Voices in Poetry

Children’s Books

Welcome to the Wonder House (co-authored with Rebecca Kai Dotlich) and illustrated by Deborah Freedman is out! Welcome to the Wonder House is a place to explore the cornerstone of every great thinker – a sense of wonder. This house has many rooms to inspire writing, drawing and curiosity in young readers.

My Thoughts Are Clouds: Poems for Mindfulness (Macmillan, 2021)

Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2022

NCTE Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts, 2021

Boom! Bellow! Bleat! Animal Poems for Two or More Voices (Wordsong, 2019)

featured in NY Times Book Review April, 2019


The Arrow Finds Its Mark: A Book of Found Poems (Macmillan, 2012)

CCBC Choice Award

Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, 2013

Junior Library Guild Selection Book

Falling Down the Page: A Book of List Poems (Macmillan, 2009)

NCTE Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts, 2010

This Place I Know: Poems of Comfort (Candlewick, 2002 & Gift Book Edition 2006)

Top Fifty Children’s Books, Child Magazine Award, 2002

Creatures of Earth, Sea and Sky: Animal Poems (Wordsong, 1992)

Songs of Myself: An Anthology of Poems and Art (Mondo, 2000)

Teaching Books

Heart Maps: Helping Students Create and Craft Authentic Writing

Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School (Heinemann)

Climb Inside a Poem: Reading and Writing Poetry Across the Year by Georgia Heard and Lester Laminack (Heinemann)

For the Good of the Earth and Sun: Teaching Poetry (Heinemann)

Poetry Lessons to Meet the Common Core State Standards (Scholastic)

Writing Toward Home: Tales and Lessons to Find Your Way (Heinemann)

The Revision Toolbox: Teaching Techniques That Work (New Edition!) (Heinemann)

Finding the Heart of Nonfiction: Teaching 7 Essential Craft Tools with Mentor Texts (Heinemann)

A Place for Wonder: Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades by Georgia Heard and Jen McDonough (Stenhouse)