Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
Children's Poet, Anthologist, and Teacher

My poetry appears in several anthologies.
Visit my Amazon author page to purchase copies.

A collection of 75 poems by 55 poets, resulting from 13 "ditty" challenges in 2014 and 2015. Includes prompts by Nikki Grimes, Lee Bennett Hopkins, J. Patrick Lewis, Joyce Sidman, Margarita Engle, Kwame Alexander, Laura Purdie Salas,
and others. (Igoo Island Press, 2016)

A collection of 75 poems by 50 poets, resulting from nine "ditty" challenges in 2016. Includes prompts by Jane Yolen, David L. Harrison, Marilyn Singer, Kenn Nesbitt, Douglas Florian, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Laura Shovan, and others. (Igoo Island Press, 2017)

A collection of 96 poems by 57 poets, resulting from 12 "ditty" challenges in 2017 and 2018. Includes prompts by Naomi Shihab Nye, Nikki Grimes, Jane Yolen and J. Patrick Lewis, Helen Frost, Julie Fogliano, Calef Brown, and others. (Igoo Island Press, 2019)

An introduction to poetry for children featuring poems about everything from science, sports, and space, to friendship, family, and feelings. Edited by Sylvia Vardell. (DK, 2020)

Breathe. Stretch. Wiggle. Dance. March. Stomp. Reach! One hundred poems that incorporate a wide variety of movements—including deskercise—to maximize student learning. Edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. (Pomelo Books, 2020)

A collection of more that 250 pandemic-themed haiku from more than 140 internationally acclaimed haiku poets. Edited by Margaret Dornaus. (Singing Moon Press, 2020)

A playful poetry collection that asks "Who do you want to be?" Edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins (Charlesbridge, July 2019)

More than 200 poems that celebrate the people, places, and passions of the United States. Edited by J. Patrick Lewis. (National Geographic, 2018)

Poems for school leaders to read aloud, with intros and intriguing facts for each day of the school year. Edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. (Pomelo Books, 2018)

An anthology for middle schoolers abut making mistakes. Edited by Tabatha Yeatts.  (History House Publishers, 2018)

Sixth edition teacher's guide to children's literature.
(Pearson, 2018)

A story in poems/writing journal to help kids think about social change. (Pomelo Books, 2017)

Short poems to send children off to sleep. Edited by Kenn Nesbitt. (Little Brown, 2016)

Holiday poems for the whole year in English and Spanish. PreK-grade 6. (Pomelo Books, 2015)

An international crop of food and agriculture poems. (CreateSpace, 2015)


More than 400 toasts, graces, and blessings to celebrate every occasion. (Viva Editions, 2014)

You'll also find original poems on my blog and included in the following print and online publications:
  • "first warm day" – Golden Triangle Haiku Competition, Spring 2020; selected for display on street signs throughout Washington DC.'s central business district.
  • Selections from The Best of Today's Little Ditty 2017-2018 – My Juicy Little Universe, 2019
  • "Don't Ask a Hopkinsaurus" for Lee Bennett HopkinsKimberly Hutmacher Writes, 2019
  • "Planning Your Treehouse" – Poetry in the Halls NPM printables, available at The Opposite of Indifference, 2019
  • "spring thaw" – selected as one of two Honorable Mentions (among 2000 entries) in the Golden Triangle Haiku Competition, Spring 2019;  haiku is displayed on street signs throughout Washington DC's central business district.
  • "When" – The Opposite of Indifference, 2018
  • "Look for the Helpers" – Nerdy Book Club, 2018
  • "Mass Ascension" – Buffy's Blog, 2018
  • "home again" – Four Hundred and Two Snails, HSA Members' Anthology 2018
  • "This housekeeper might misconstrue" Team Imperfect blog, 2018
  • "Thinking About World Thinking Day" – Novel Effect story time and sound effects app for children, 2018
  • "Cher Ami" Matt Forrest Esenwine's Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme, 2017
  • "dawn chill" – Frogpond 40:3, 2017
  • "Look for the Helpers" – Journal of Children's Literature, Fall 2017, Children's Literature Assembly, NCTE
  • "Dearly Departed" – SCBWI Bulletin, Winter 2016
  • "March Madness" children's poetry competition – 2014-2015
  • "George Nissen, Boy Inventor" – Boys' Quest Magazine, February 2014;  received the 2015 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for Poetry.
  • "Tropical Joe" – Saturday Evening Post Limerick Laughs contest (runner-up), January/February 2014
  • "The Unfortunate Demise of Ol' Saint Nick" and "With Love, From Sinclaire" – Underneath the Juniper Tree, Winter 2013
  • "Return to Sender" – Underneath the Juniper Tree, Fall 2013
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