J. Patrick Lewis

Books by This Author

Blackbeard the Pirate King

Age Level: 6-9
Blackbeard’s story is “a tale to billow a pirate’s sail!” Told here in a series of poems, including brief bits of factual information and dramatic images, this is a book that will capture the imagination of any pirate enthusiast. An author’s note provides additional information, a timeline and sources for what we know about this fierce pirate.

Face Bug

Age Level: 6-9
Beginning at the Face Bug Museum, readers are invited to "Climb through windows, walls, or basement…" to meet "…Show Bugs…" Line drawings and up-close (and personal) photographs of bugs combine with poetry and fact to present an array of often creepy critters.

If You Were a Chocolate Mustache

Illustrated by: Matthew Cordell
Age Level: 9-12
The watermelon seed that skitters across the page becomes a concrete poem and  is just one of the funny poetic forms in this collection. The humor in each short poem (from riddles to haiku) is heightened by comic black/white illustrations.

Monumental Verses

Age Level: 6-9
Stunning color photographs and poems combine to pay homage to some of the “world’s enduring man-made constructions” while introducing a range of poetic forms. The result is a memorable collection of visual art, information and literary art sure to stand up to multiple readings.

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry

Age Level: 6-9
Animals from around the world are introduced by poets from different backgrounds and different times in this carefully crafted collection. Handsome photographs and thoughtful organization make this a book to share widely.

Please Bury Me in the Library

Illustrated by: Kyle Stone
Age Level: 3-6
Celebrate letters, words, libraries and reading in engaging, often slyly humorous poems. Varied forms are inspired by other beloved poets, but are original with equally fresh illustrations.