Stadler Center Children's Series

Jane Yolen
Poetry for Children


Jane Yolen, often called "the Hans Christian Andersen of America," is the author of over three hundred books, including Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight. The books range from rhymed picture books and baby board books, through middle grade fiction, poetry collections, nonfiction, and up to novels, graphic novels, and story collections for young adults and adults. Her books and stories have won an assortment of awards—two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, a Caldecott, the Golden Kite Award, three Mythopoeic awards, two Christopher Medals, a nomination for the National Book Award, and the Jewish Book Award, among others. She is also the winner (for body of work) of the Kerlan Award and the Catholic Library's Regina Medal, and named a Grand Master for both the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and the World Fantasy Association. Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates.

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Jane Yolen

Three Poems


Duck Parade

Ducks wiggle-waddle,
Ducklings diddle-dawdle
Down to the pond
With a quick-quack-quack.
Tails sassy-saucy,
Drakes busy-bossy,
Down to the pond
For a quick-quack-snack.


A Raft of Ducks: A Haiku

Ducks on the water,
Wing by wing by beak and wing.
I could walk across.







Four mallards on a pond
Write with the subtle
Tracings of their backwash
A salutation to spring.




“Duck Parade” and “A Raft of Ducks: a Haiku” used by permission of the author. “Calligraphy,” from Bird Watch by Jane Yolen © 1990, used by permission of the author.











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