Amazing Faces

by Lee Bennett Hopkins
illustrated by Chris Soentpiet
Genre: Poetry

Download Amazing Faces wallpapers for your computer-Images of the poems Karate Kid and Which Way to Dreamland.

Amazing Faces Book Trailer

April is National Poetry Month

This is a great month to read Amazing Faces and learn a bit about poetry at the same time.

Read the book and then take a look at the amazing stories behind the book. See below.

Amazing stories
Hear about the amazing stories behind the poems of Amazing Faces. Authors of the poems explain how they came to create their poems for Lee Bennett Hopkins.
You will probably be familiar with some of their names as authors of other books such as Jane Yolen or Pat Mora.

Web links about Lee Bennett Hopkins

author: Lee Bennett Hopkins Publisher web site

A blogger writes about Lee Bennett Hopkins

Cynsations-Learn about former teacher and 2009 NCTE Poetry award winner Lee Bennett Hopkins

illustrator: Chris Soentpiet (pronounced Soon peet)
visit Chris Soentpiet's official web page
This is a beautifully crafted website and full of useful information.

McBookWords-information about the author, illustrator, and an index of the poems from Amazing Faces

Audio Poetry-Listen to poems read aloud and share your thoughts.

Kristine O'Connell George-aka Writer, Poet, and Tadpole Rancher

Visit: Fizzy Funny Fuzzy-Fun Poetry for Kids
You can choose to 'Listen Now', which should open up your mp3 audio player automatically,
or 'Download' if you'd like to save the mp3 file to listen to later.

bluebonnet_clipart.gif Texas Bluebonnet Book Activities

ECDC Poet-Tree

Activity IDEA Make a Poet-Tree and attach poems to the branches.
Read aloud some of the very funny poems at Giggle Poetry. They are a hoot and will have the kids rolling on the floor laughing.

Some students may need a bit of prompting.
We began with a Roses are Red, Violets are blue....

Trying out a familiar nursery rhyme can help too:

Mary had a little lamb...try substituting the name Mary and the word lamb and spin off an original poem from there.

Johnny had a big, red toe
He stubbed it on a door.

Now try to come up with the next two lines yourself.


We have done this a few times and it is always a success at our school. fern_1.gif
Fern's Poetry Club-Arthur's friend Fern explains all about poetry in kid friendly terms. This is a terrific and very easy way to teach forms of poetry. Combine this with the activity below.

Create your own Shape Poem

A shape poem is a poem that describes an object (ex:tree) and is written in the shape of that object (a tree).
View a collection of shape poems made by students. The Apple-poetry collaboration

Interactive Poem Creator-
Learn to write poetry with acrostic, noisy poems, shape poems and rhyming poems.

Learn how to write a Sound Poem

Hold a Poetry Slam and invite families to hear your poems. Make sure students explain what type of poem they are presenting-haiku, ode, shape poem, etc.

Bluebonnet Literature Connections:


Read Dogku by Andrew Clements and teach students how to write their own Haikus.
Each page in the book is made up of a haiku.(This book is available in the ECDC Library 811 Cle)
Great book to introduce the form of poetry called Haiku.

Read Fold Me A Poem by Kristine O"Connell George
Download the Fold Me a Poem Teacher's Guide.


( ECDC library call no. 811 Geo)
This book combines poetry and origami in a colorful picture book format.
My favorite poem in the book is Wind Storm. It evokes such a mental image of the action.

Helpful Poetry resources:

Help a Child Write a Poem resources featuring several well known poets

**Kenn Nesbitt's Online Rhyming Dictionary**
One of the authors of the web site: Giggle Poetry. Students an use this rhyming dictionary to help them create their own poems.

Powerpoint presentations about Poetry

Want to hear and learn more Poetry?
Poetry Links from Fizzy Funny Fuzzy


Thank You for the resources
Lee Bennett Hopkins
Chris Soentpiet
Lee & Low Book, Inc.
Kenn Nesbitt
Fizzy Funny Fuzzy
Kristine O'Connell George
Mark A. Hicks-Discovery Education