In SCHOOL PEOPLE, fifteen poems celebrate the joys of school and the people who make it a wonder-filled place.


“These entertaining poems will hit the spot.” –School Library Journal

SCHOOL PEOPLE by noted anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins celebrates each trusted teacher in this most marvelous children’s book!

Honesdale, Pennsylvania February 2018 – 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 in SCHOOL PEOPLE. This poetry picture book will be published by WordSong, the poetry imprint of Boyds Mills Press, this month. 

Welcome to school, a building of brick “full of soul and heart,” eager for students and staff to fill its halls with sounds. This anthology celebrates the grown-ups people that children encounter throughout the course of their school day: the school bus driver with her morning smile, the teacher who inspires imagination, the rarely seen, yet caring custodian, and the nurse who heals hurts, big and small. There’s even a poem about the school building. Recognized as “the world’s most prolific anthologist of poetry for children” by Guinness World Records, Hopkins has compiled this marvelous collection featuring a variety of brand-new works by well-known poets.  The title also includes beautifully imaginative artwork by illustrator Ellen Shi.

Kirkus Reviews says that SCHOOL PEOPLE is “(V)ital… for a back-to-school collection and good for reading aloud.”

And School Library Journal continues: “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.”


WordSong * Selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins * Illustrated by Ellen Shi * PUB DATE February 13, 2018

978-1-62979-703-8 * $17.95 U.S./$23.95 CAN * Poetry * Ages 5 - 8 * Grades K – 3 * * *

Share This