by Sylvia Vardell, Janet Wong


by Sylvia Vardell, Janet Wong


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What things do we love to eat? In the alphabet book THINGS WE EAT you'll find poems from A to Z, featuring foods from all over the world in full-color photos that will make kids want to eat an AVOCADO, BAGEL, COOKIE, DUMPLING, EGG, FISH, GRAPE, KIMCHI, and more as you read the delicious poems. This poetry anthology is ideal for students in preschool through Grade 2 (ages 3-7) and can also be used as a mentor text for older students who are learning to write. Share it as a family at home or in classrooms to promote diverse nutritional choices and smart eating. (Well, mostly smart: we wanted to include some familiar treats such as cookies and cupcakes with icing, too.) Parents, caregivers, and educators will find useful tips and resources in the back matter to help make learning even more fun, and this book will also be a favorite resource in an ELL classroom. Pomelo Books is "Poetry PLUS"!

This anthology includes a diverse and eclectic blend of established and new voices: Gail Aldous, Rebecca Balcárcel, David Bowles, Sandy Brehl, Carol Bullman, Yangsook Choi, Kelly Conroy, Nicola Davies, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Linda A. Dryfhout, Theresa Gaughan, Mary Lee Hahn, Georgia Heard, George Ella Lyon, JoAnn Early Macken, Elisabeth Norton, Lisa Varchol Perron, Jama Kim Rattigan, Joan Riordan, Pamela Ross, Donna JT Smith, April Halprin Wayland, Vicki Wilke, Janet Wong, Jacqueline Woodson, and Sarah Ziman.

As with other books in this series (see THINGS WE DO), 100% of the profits will be donated to the IBBY Children in Crisis Fund.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937057312
Publisher: Pomelo Books
Publication date: 03/08/2022
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.21(d)
Age Range: 3 - 8 Years

About the Author

Sylvia M. Vardell is Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman's University and teaches graduate courses in children's and young adult literature. Vardell has published extensively, including five books on literature for children as well as over 25 book chapters and 100 journal articles. In 2020, she curated the anthology A World Full of Poems: Inspiring Poetry for Children. She loves her mother's German cooking, especially rouladen, red cabbage, and potato dumplings with lots of gravy. Learn more about her at

Janet Wong is a graduate of Yale Law School and a former lawyer. She has written more than 35 books for children on a wide variety of subjects, including chess (Alex and the Wednesday Chess Club) and yoga (TWIST: Yoga Poems). She is the 2021 winner of the NCTE Excellence in Poetry for Children Award, a lifetime achievement award that is one of the highest honors a children's poet can receive. When she was a child, she saw her mother's family make kimchi on their farm in Korea, burying large clay pots in the ground; as an adult, she now buys kimchi at the supermarket. Learn more about her at
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