Product Details
List Price:
5 to 8
K to 3
Trim Size:
9" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-703-8
Full-color illustrations
Lexile Level:

Share This

About the Book


Award-winning poet and anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins presents fifteen never-before-published poems celebrating the wonderful, caring people children encounter during the course of a school day.

With enticing selections from both well-known and new poets, this collection of poems paired with imaginative artwork introduces readers to the important grown-ups they’ll meet at school. From the school’s own story, written by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, to J. Patrick Lewis’s “Principal,” to Alma Flor Ada’s “Spanish Teacher,” each poem features the women and men who inspire, encourage, and help children in their own unique ways. This marvelous compendium, with its heartfelt and thoughtful perspective, is the perfect back-to-school book.


“Fifteen previously unpublished poems…praise familiar figures at school… Shi’s warm digital images infuse adults and children with personality in a vibrant tribute to trusted staffers and educators.” – Publishers Weekly  

“Prolific anthologist Hopkins encourages his audience with a series of poems describing school personnel…Shi's digital illustrations show students of varying ethnicities and a staff diverse in age and gender…They add significant details. This surprisingly even collection includes short poems by 14 different authors including the compiler… vital… for a back-to-school collection and good for reading aloud.” -Kirkus Reviews  

“The verse of several well-known poets…interweave beautifully with that of many less familiar voices, resulting in a collection that is fun to read and to listen to. The digital artwork is bright and eye-catching; the cartoon people animated and upbeat. Used to kick off a writing assignment or to brighten up a gloomy day, these entertaining poems will hit the spot.” –School Library Journal

Meet the Author

Lee Bennett Hopkins

Lee Bennett Hopkins is a poet and anthologist who has been honored with the Christopher Award, the Regina Medal, inclusion in the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, the University of Southern Mississippi's Medallion for "lasting contributions to children's literature," and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children.

More About This Author
Other Books by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Meet the Illustrator

Ellen Shi

Ellen Shi is a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the illustrator of Jane Yolen's Little Frog and the Scary Autumn Thing. Ellen lives in Edison, New Jersey. Visit

More About This Illustrator