READ ME OUT LOUD!

Read Me Out Loud contains a poem for every day of the year from the very best modern and classic poets. There are raps, performance poems, chants, playground rhymes, action verses, poems to join in with, choral poems, poems from different cultures, monologues, dialogues, poems for a series of voices, songs, poems with sound effects and poems with actions ' you can read them any way you want as long as it is OUT LOUD! Includes poems from Darren Sardelli, Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and William Shakespeare.


Peter, Peter, Pizza-Eater

(And Other Silly Rhymes)

Meadowbrook Press


Review

"Long overdue! A kinder, gentler Mother Goose—and funny, too!" — Humpty Dumpty's Magazine


Honor

Scholastic Book List Best Seller

Galaxy Pizza and Meteor Pie

(And Other School Poems That Are Out of This World)

Laugh-A-Lot Books


Author Darren Sardelli

Illustrator Pam Catapano


Review

“Galaxy Pizza and Meteor Pie is easily the year’s funniest collection of school poems! It is an absolute must-read for all funny poetry lovers and will be a welcome addition to any library poetry collection.”
— Kenn Nesbitt, 2013-15 Children’s Poet Laureate

Pound a Poem

(Fruit and Vegetable Poems)

Metro Publishing, UK


Review

"Creativity at it's best!"  — Amazon



Darren's Poems Are Featured In These Popular Poetry Anthologies...

I Hope I Don't Strike Out!

I Hope I Don’t Strike Out is the first major anthology of funny poems about sports. It was designed to motivate sports-loving boys and girls to read by focusing on the funny side of sports. It covers all major sports in which kids participate, including baseball, football, basketball, soccer, swimming, skiing, running, karate, golf, volleyball, and dodgeball. Some of the All Star Poets who contributed to this award-winning book are Darren Sardelli, Neal Levin, Tim Tocher, Robert Pottle, and Jeff Nathan.


Meta Morphasis

Meta Morphosis is a collection of fun, upbeat songs by talented singer and songwriter, Al deCant.  When I first saw Al perform live, I was blown away by the reaction of the kids. They went crazy for his songs! I’m honored that he took 2 of my poems and put them to music. For more information on Al deCant, please visit www.aldecant.com

I Hope I Don't Strike Out!

(And Other Funny Sports Poems)

Meadowbrook Press


Awards

  • iParenting Media Award
  • USABookNews.com Best Book Award
  • Teachers’ Choice Award
  • Young Voices Foundation Gold Award

A BAD CASE OF THE GIGGLES

(Poems That Will Make Your Laugh Out Loud)

* Updated Version - 2015

Meadowbrook Press


Review

"Another hilarious poetry book! "Bad Case of the Giggles" provides hilarious after hilarious poem. These can be shared with students as young as kindergarten and as old as their parents!"  — Good Reads

Pound a Poem

Pound a Poem is a brand new idea combining learning and creativity with a fundraising initiative. It has invited children to learn about healthy eating while simultaneously raising money for Cancer Research in the UK. Kids aged between seven and eleven years old have been asked to write a poem about a fruit or vegetable and then pay a pound to enter it into the competition, with all money raised going towards research into children's cancers. Celeberity poets include Darren Sardelli, Charles Ghigna, Kenn Nesbitt, Graham Denton, and Linda Knaus.


The American Spirit

(Hurricane Katrina)


Katrina brought disaster.
She caused a lot of grief.
She showed the world destruction
and pain beyond belief.

Katrina split up families.
She knocked their houses down.
She took all their possessions
and pulverized their town.

Some women lost their husbands.
Some husbands lost their wives.
Some people lost their neighbors.
Some children lost their lives.

Katrina's winds were massive.
They took some heavy tolls.

She may have caused catastrophe,
but deeply touched our souls.


She brought us all together.
United, here we stand!
Our people heard a cry for help
and lent a helping hand.

We reassured the victims
that help was on the way.
We're doing all that we can do
to brighten up your day.

Katrina may have knocked you down,
but we will pick you up.
She may have taken all your food,
but we will fill your cup.

You know you can rely on us.
We'll be your shining sun.
We Are One Nation Under God.
United We Are One!
Poem Copyright © Darren Sardelli (All Rights Reserved)

BUSES TO BOOKS

This title includes over twelve poems by known poets like Darren Sardelli, Myra Cohn Livingston, Eileen Spinelli, Kenn Nesbitt, Eric Ode to name a few. Young readers will enjoy the vivid illustrations and the engaging poems all about school. There are sidebars to every poem explaining terminology such as speaker, metaphors, personification, homonyms and rhyme scheme.


Meta Morphasis

(Al deCant - Singer / Song Writer)

Half Moon Music


Awards

  • Kid's Music Award - Best Album of 2011

Dinner with Dracula

(Frighteningly Funny Poems)

Meadowbrook Press


Review

"Best halloween book - EVER!"

— Amazon


Honor

Scholastic Book List

DARREN SARDELLI - INTERNATIONAL POET

Darren Sardelli's creative poems have been appeared in newspapers, magazines, chap books, farmer's almanacs, literary journals, yearbooks, and a variety of textbooks in the U.S., Australia, China, Germany, India, Canada, Spain, Cyprus, Israel, England, France, and The Netherlands.


Tinkle, Tinkle, Little Tot

(Songs & Rhymes for Toilet Training)

Meadowbrook Press


Awards

  • National Parenting Publications
  • AwardiParenting Media Award

Dinner with Dracula

Dinner with Dracula is a hilarious collection of scary, spooky, spine-tingling poems about werewolves, vampires, headless horsemen, two-headed monsters, and other creepy creatures that will tickle kids' funny bones. If you're looking for humorous halloween poetry, this book is an absolute must!This book contains poems by Darren Sardelli, Jack Prelutsky, Kenn Nesbitt, and other frighteningly funny poets.


Dinosaur Poems

It's dino madness: scary ones, silly ones, T-rexes in dresses and Rhyme-osaurs’ that rhyme! Find out if Pterodactyls make good pets and meet the magical Diphlohocuspocus! A Jurassic-tastic poetry collection with enough thrills and spills to bring you to the edge of extinction. Darren Sardelli, Paul Cookson, Roger Stevens, and Andrea Shavick all wrote poems for this Dino-licious poetry book.


Rolling in the Aisles

(A Collection of Laugh-Out-Loud Poems)

Meadowbrook Press


Review

"Reading just one of these poems is like trying to eat just one French fry."

— Lynn Johnston, cartoonist, "For Better or For Worse"

Galaxy Pizza and Meteor Pie

Welcome to Darren Sardelli's world of Laugh-A-Lot Poetry! In Galaxy Pizza and Meteor Pie, you'll run into a teacher who mixes up her words, one who gives detention to water fountains and bus tires, and one who forgets how to act around students. You'll meet unusual lunch ladies who serve Candy Cane Craters, Milky Way Shakes, and fresh Corn on the Comet. There's also a dog that enjoys doing chores, a parent who gets out of hand at a parent-teacher conference, and a principal who lets kids take over the school on Opposite Day. Pam Catapano brings each poem to life with her colorful characters, brilliant imagination, and delightful illustrations.


Here is one of Darren's poems, published in The Louisiana English Journal

Peter, Peter, Pizza-Eater

Peter, Peter, Pizza-Eater contains 40 silly rhymes that will put a smile on the faces of preschoolers and early-elementary kids. The rhymes (written by Darren Sardelli, Bruce Lansky, and an ensemble of poets whose work is featured in Meadowbrook’s best-selling poetry anthologies) recount the latest adventures of well-loved Mother Goose characters--but with a humorous twist. Stephen Carpenter's hilarious full-color illustrations, add to the entertainment value of this amusing book.


What I Did on My Summer Vacation

(Kids' Favorite Funny Summer Vacation Poems)

Meadowbrook Press


Review

"If you're in need of a laugh, this book will do the trick."

— Good Reads


Awards

  • Beach Book Festival Award Winner
  • USABookNews.com Best Book Award

Books by Darren Sardelli

A BAD CASE OF THE GIGGLES

When kids pick up this book, they don't want to put it down. In fact, they have a habit of reading the poems out loud to their friends and family members. One of the funniest collections of children’s poetry, this book includes creations from some of the most entertaining children's poets, including Darren Sardelli, Kenn Nesbitt, Eric Ode, Eileen Spinelli, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, and more.


One Minute till Bedtime

​(60-Second Poems To Send You Off To Sleep)

​Little, Brown Books (for Young Readers)


Poems selected by Kenn Nesbitt


​"A dreamy collection of bedtime poems and witty illustrations that’s anything but sleepy."

— Kirkus Review

Darren's Lyrics Are Featured On This Awesome CD...

Rolling in the Aisles

Rolling in the Aisles is one of the funniest anthologies of giggle poetry ever published. It contains humorous poems selected by a panel of more than 1,000 elementary school students. There's hilarious poems about pets, food, families, friends, and school. Darren Sardelli, Joyce Armor, Bruce Lansky, Kenn Nesbitt, Charles Ghigna, and Eric Ode all made the cut for this giggle-packed collection of rhymes.


READ ME OUT LOUD!

(Poems To Rap, Chant, Whisper, Or Shout)

Macmillan Children's Books, U.K.


Review

"A fun read - especially on birthdays!" 

— Good Reads

 Mary Had a Little Jam

(And Other Silly Rhymes)

* Updated Version - 2016

​Meadowbrook Press


Awards

  • ​​AwardiParenting Media Award


Over 800,000 copies sold! 

A Curious Case of Poetry

(Poems That Make Learning Fun)

Scholastic Canada Ltd.


"This book stimulates and enriches students’ oral language development in a variety of social situations."


Darren's Other Publishing Credits Include...

My Teacher's in Detention

My Teacher's In Detention contains 50 hilarious poems about messy lockers, mysterious bus drivers, teachers in detention, silly principals, and other wacky tales about school. These side-splitting poems have been tested by more than 1,000 elementary school students. Stephen Carpenter's amusing illustrations will have you in stitches as you turn each page. Poets, Darren Sardelli, Eric Ode, and Kathy Kenney-Marshall made the cut for this hilarious anthology of school poetry.


Darren's Bookshelf

Books, Publications, Music, & More!

Tinkle, Tinkle, Little Tot

Tinkle, Tinkle Little Tot is the funniest and most motivating toilet-training book ever! It contains 17 funny songs and rhymes parents can use to coax kids into the bathroom, and the accompanied CD of songs will make them love to sing along! Toddlers learning to potty train will find the familiar tunes, positive reinforcement and easy repetition a great way to learn how to use the potty!


Mary Had a Little Jam

These original nursery rhymes recount the latest adventures of Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, Old King Cole, Old Mother Hubbard, Little Boy Blue, Little Bo-Peep, Yankee Doodle, Georgie Porgie, Peter Piper, and other best-loved Mother Goose characters.

Written by a gang of gifted poets including Bruce Lansky, Kenn Nesbitt, Linda Knaus, and Darren Sardelli, these rhymes are guaranteed to delight children of all ages. It’s the most popular book of funny, contemporary nursery rhymes in the English language.


BUSES TO BOOKS

(Poems About School)

ABDO Publishing


Review

"This book is the perfect companion for a teacher wanting to teach about writing, reading, and understanding poetry." — Good Reads

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

What I Did on My Summer Vacation contains over 40 sidesplitting poems about summer vacation that cover everything from family road trips, wacky days at summer camp, learning how to swim, dizzying roller coaster rides at amusement parks, fun-filled days at the beach, and finally, the dreaded first day of school. Darren Sardelli, Dave Crawley, and Kathy Kenney-Marshall contributed to this Summer-licious book of poetry!


Copyright © Darren Sardelli. All rights reserved.

Is This a Poem?

​(What makes a poem, and how YOU can write one)

Bloomsbury Publishing, UK


​Poems selected by Roger Stevens


​"This quirky, charming and fun book of different forms of poetry also teaches children how to write brilliant poetry themselves."

One Minute till Bedtime
It's time for tuck-in, and your little one wants just one more moment with you--so fill it with something that will feed the imagination, fuel a love of reading, and send them off to sleep in a snap. Reach for a one-minute poem!


Former Children's Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt presents a blockbuster collection of all-new poetry penned by some of the most beloved and celebrated poets of our time, including Darren Sardelli, Jack Prelutsky, Jon Scieszka, Mary Ann Hoberman, Nikki Grimes, Lemony Snicket, Jane Yolen, and many more. Illuminated with dreamlike wit and whimsy by New York Times illustrator and award-winning artist Christoph Niemann, here is a new bedtime classic.


Is This a Poem?
Do you like poems? Are you sure you know what one is? Join popular poets, Roger Stevens and Darren Sardelli, for a trip through the different types of poetry: from advertising jingles to football chants, and from free verse to rap. Then, why not have a go at writing a poem of your own?


My Teacher's in Detention

(Kids' Favorite Funny School Poems)

Meadowbrook Press


Review

"Comical poems about school. Great for middle to Upper elementary. Many students would relate to the poems in some way." — Good Reads


Honor

Scholastic Book List

Dinosaur Poems

(Humorous Dino Poetry)

Scholastic Books, U.K.


Review

"A nice variety of poems in this book - some funny, some sad, some satirical, and some thought-provoking." — Amazon

A Curious Case of Poetry

A Curious Case of Poetry stimulate students' developing awareness of the rhythms and sounds of language,careful listening, and oral comprehension. 
A Curious Case of Poetry (Big Book, 6 small books, CD, songs, and Fluent Readings)