Janet Wong is the author of 21 books published by traditional publishers (S&S, HMHarcourt, etc.) and is the co-founder of Pomelo Books, publisher of The Poetry Friday Anthology and Poetry Friday Power Book series, adopted in thousands of schools nationwide. Most of her current work involves teacher education on how to use “Poetry Across the Curriculum” to support STEM, social studies, arts, and kindness/anti-bullying instruction. An ideal booking for Janet is a day of working with students followed by an hour-long teacher inservice session held after school.
Janet’s work addresses a wide variety of topics and genres for a K-8 audience that includes picture books, poetry, chapter books, books to inspire writing, verse novels, and professional books for use by teachers, librarians, and parents. Among her honors and accolades: she has been featured on CNN and Oprah; has read at the White House; has been honored with ILA’s “Celebrate Literacy” Award; and has served on many prestigious committees, such as the NCTE Commission on Literature and the ILA Notable Books for a Global Society committee.
Perhaps what is most distinctive about Janet’s work, in terms of school visits, is its appeal to the whole school community: principals will want to read poems over morning announcements using GREAT Morning! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud, P.E. teachers will want to use TWIST: Yoga Poems, science teachers will love The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science, and chess-playing families will want to make their own lists of “Top 10 Chess Tips” inspired by Alex and the Wednesday Chess Club.
Janet does 4 presentations per day, a blend of assemblies and workshops tailored to your needs. Her assemblies are high-energy, interactive mixes of storytelling and poetry with a blend of writing pep talk and an explanation of the publishing process. Children love her suitcase of props (with each prop connected to a poem or story), while teachers and parents enjoy hearing about Janet’s transition from lawyer to published author. Janet packs the writing workshop with tips on craft and makes it easy for students to write an excellent first draft of a poem (providing the basis for an exercise in revision that teachers can continue in their classrooms). The most-reluctant readers and writers often become fans of poetry after one of Janet’s visits!
Learn more about Janet at www.janetwong.comand www.pomelobooks.com.
To view an interview with Ms. Wong, visit http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/wong