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What I Love About Summer
Douglas Florian


Morning glories
Campfire stories
Picking cherries
And blueberries
Riding bikes
Mountain hikes
Bird calls
Curve balls
Short sleeves
Green leaves
Swimming holes
Fishing poles
Nature walks
Corn stalks
Skipping stones
Ice cream cones
Double plays
And barefoot days.

From Summersaults (Greenwillow Books, 2002).
Used here with the author’s permission.


Douglas Florian is an artist and poet. He has written and illustrated more than 60 children’s books, including beast feast, winner of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award; insectlopedia, a national bestseller featured on National Public Radio and The Today Show; Dinothesaurus, which was a Bank Street Best Book of the Year; and Poetrees, which School Library Journal called an “exquisite collection.” Douglas, who lives in New York City, has recited his poetry at Carnegie Hall, The White House, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Learn more about him at

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I REALLY love this!
Posted 06/25/2019 11:29 AM
Very clever, making a poem of everyday objects and careful rhyme.
Posted 06/24/2019 05:15 PM
Lori Levy:
This poem paints a beautiful picture of summer.
Posted 06/24/2019 04:42 PM
I liked the poem AND his book covers and titles!
Posted 06/24/2019 01:39 PM
I love rhyme.
Posted 06/24/2019 08:52 AM
michael escoubas:
Wonderful, delightful and every other adjective in the dictionary! Thank you Douglas.
Posted 06/24/2019 08:09 AM

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