Heidi writes poetry, nonfiction, fiction, articles, book reviews, interviews, and song lyrics. Featured here are Heidi’s current books.

Come to My Party and Other Shape Poems

ISBN # 0-8050-6620-9
Illus. Hideko Takahashi. Henry Holt, 2004
Celebrate the seasons with this spirited collection of shape poems, poems that wind, bump, and wiggle across each page, as the words themselves cleverly shape the pictures. Thirty-eight exuberant poems follow a child’s activities through the seasons: jumping rope, flying kites, eating watermelon, toasting marshmallows, and shoveling snow, to mention just a few.This delightful, sound dominant read-aloud is not only a treat for the eyes, but ears and tongue, as well.

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Come to My Party and Other Shape Poems has received the following recognition:
  • …The Monarch Award, 2007 nominee
  • …Round Rock Texas ISD Reader’s Choice, 2007 nominee
  • …Great Lakes’ Great Books Award, 2006 nominee
  • …Chicago Public School’s Second Grade Reading List
  • …Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books of 2004
  • …The Best Children’s Books of 2005, selected by CBC
  • …CCBC Choices 2005, the annual best-of-the-year list.

What Kinds of Seeds are These?

ISBN # 1-55971-955-5
Illus. by Olena Kassian NorthWord Press, October, 2006
Seeds are mysterious packages of life. Many seeds are on the go, traveling from one place to another. Some have wings and fly on a breeze, some stick like glue to passersby, and others take a detour through a critter’s stomach! This delightful riddles-in-rhyme picture book tells the traveling tales of nine different seeds, from coconuts to maple seeds. Kid-friendly activities are included in the back of the book to encourage readers to sprout green thumbs of their own.

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Whose Nest is This?

ISBN # 978-1589793866
Illus. by Connie McLennans, NorthWord Press, March, 2009
Riddles-in-rhyme describe fascinating nests made by various birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects. A delightful companion book to What Kinds of Seeds are These?.

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These publications are also written by Heidi or feature her work.


All Aboard for Zippity Zoo, 1999 (Out of print)


A Pet for Me: An I Can Read Book: “Hedgehog.” HarperCollins, 2003.

All-Year Book of Holiday and Seasonal Celebrations: PK-8: “Healthy Heart.” T. & L.Co., 2002.

All-Year Book of Holiday and Seasonal Celebrations: 1-3: “Jack Frost” ;“Windy Day.” T& L.Co.

And the Crowd Goes Wild! A Global Gathering of Sports Poems; (Co-Editor) Friesen, 2012.

America at War: “The Hague, 1940” and “For Margarete.” Margaret McElderry Books, 2008.

Behind the Museum Door: “Stirring Art.” Abrams, 2007.

The Big Book of America: Travels in Verse, “Anything for a Buck.” National Geo., 2018.

Falling Down the Page List Poems: “Are We There Yet?” Roaring Brook Press, 2009.

Hamsters, Shells, and Spelling Bees: School Poems: “Spelling Bee.” HarperCollins, 2008.

Noodlebug: All About Me CD, “My First Haircut,” School Specialty Publishing, 2006.

One Minute Til Bedtime: “Flower Power.” Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016.

Phonics Through Poetry: “Fifty Nifty Soldiers”: “Requests”,: “Champ.” Addision Wesley, 1998.

Read Aloud Anthology: Grade 1: “Hedgehog.” Scott Foresman, 2006.

Reading Street: “Hedgehog.” Pearson, 2014.

Response to Poetry: “Meow for Milk.” Osbourne Press, 2006.

The Arrow Finds its Mark: A Book of Found Poems: “It’s Pink Friday.” Roaring Books, 2012.

The Poetry Box: Poems from Classic to Rap: “It’s Raining!”; “My Party” Ernst Sprachen, 2011.

The Poetry Friday Anthology: Poems for School with Connections to the Common Core: “Antarctica!”; “Flapjack Flip”; “Look it Up!”; “Guy in the Closet.” Pomelo, 2011.

The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations: “Pick a Hat”; “Just Weight.” Pomelo, 2015.

The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle Grades: “Food Fest.” Pomelo, 2013.

The Poetry Friday Anthology Science Ed., K-5: “Liquids on the Loose!”; “Welcome to Science Lab”;

Questions that Matter”; “Going Bananas”; “Let Me Join You”; “Thirsty Measures”. Pomelo, 2014.

Valentine Hearts: An I Can Read Book: “Valentine Match-Up.” Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Wonderful Words: Poems about Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening: “Night Dance” S&S 2004


Babybug, Boy’s Quest, Bread for God’s Children, Celebrate, Children’s Playmate, Focus on the Family Clubhouse, Cricket, Highlights, High Five, Highlights Hello, Highlights International, Highlights Plus, Holiday and Seasonal Celebrations, Humpty Dumpty, Junior Trails, Journal of Children’s Literature, Ladybug, Listen!, Live Wire, Lollipop, Nature Friends, Once Upon A Time, Power and Light, The Prairie Wind, R-A-D-A-R, Spider, Story Mates, Teaching PK-8, Together Time, Turtle, and Wild Outdoor World.


Noodlebug: All About Me, “My First Haircut,” School Specialty Publishing, 2006.

Sweet Pea and Friends song lyrics for Kindermusik, 2007