Countdown to Summer: A Poem For Every Day of the School Year


If you enjoy exposing your students to poetry and you’re into counting, be sure to add author J. Patrick Lewis’ happy book, Countdown to Summer: A Poem For Every Day of the School Year, to your classroom library.

Countdown to Summer has 180 cute, quirky, laugh-out-loud rhymes, riddles, haikus, shape-poems and the like to fit every taste. There’s Old Queen Cole (Lewis’ answer to Old King Cole); there are poems to eBay and to calendars and to Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog that predicts whether we’ll have an early spring. There’s even an ode to the old woman who lives in a sneaker (who is, I suspect, first-cousin to the old woman who lived in a shoe).

Although the book made its hardcover debut in July, 2009, it is definitely not out of style. Countdown to Summer pairs Lewis’ kid-inspiring poetry with the hilarious sketches of illustrator Ethan Long. It’s definitely a winning combination.

So start your own “count down.” Grab one of these hilarious books before they’re all gone. Just click on the icon to the right.

Best wishes and happy counting (and reading),

Rita Lorraine
Picture Book Depot


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