Welcome Kids, Parents and Educators!

Welcome all who love learning!  This is the online home of bestselling children's author and educator Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz (hi-doo-SHEV-its), M.S.Ed., whose publishing credits include more than 100 children's books, classroom textbooks and kits; and more than 350 poems and songs for children, parents, and teachers.

Babs' latest title, WOW! Words™: Building Children's Powerful Oral Vocabularies (Ages 4-7), was released by Good Year Books in 2011.

Her bestselling classroom titles include Phonics Through Poetry (followed by MORE Phonics Through Poetry), in which carefully prepared lessons use the rhythm and rhyme of poetry to teach phonics. Her bestselling children's titles include Don't Go Out in Your Underwear! -- a collection of her best-loved poems for children.

Babs' professional specialty is Oral Language, the often-overlooked foundation for literacy.  "The stronger a child's oral language development, the greater their literacy success," she says. "Oral language stimulates thinking and reasoning, and it starts even before your child begins to talk.  It's also a tool that every parent, regardless of educational attainment, socio-economic environment, or just plain busyness, can own and use daily."

 
Phonics Through Poetry

Babs is the author of two bestselling classroom Phonics Through Poetry titles that use the rhythm and rhyme of poetry to teach phonics.  Each book contains more than 100 read-aloud poems -- some by well-known children's authors, others written specifically for this series -- that immerse children in zesty poems to focus attention on selected language sounds.

Phonics Through Poetry: Teaching Phonemic Awareness Using Poetry is an illustrated read-aloud anthology of 115 poems and interactive activities featuring 3 poems per long and short vowel sound, and 2-3 per consonant and initial blend. Great for at-risk, ESL, BL, and adult literacy programs.

MORE Phonics Through Poetry: Teaching Phonemic Awareness Using Poetry is an illustrated read-aloud anthology of 112 poems and interactive activities featuring 2-3 poems per final blend, consonant digraph, 3-letter blend, diphthong, word ending, other vowel sound, plural, possessive, r-controlled vowel/digraph, prefix, suffix, contraction, and silent letter. Great for at-risk, ESL, BL, and adult literacy programs.

 
Don't Go Out in Your Underwear!

A bestselling collection of 67 of Babs' best-loved children's poems, Don't Go Out in Your Underwear! includes self-esteem builders such as "I Like Me" and is full of fun language and delightful full-color illustrations.  Kids say, "Do it again! Do it again!"

In addition to the title poem, it includes such favorites as:

  • "A Mighty Knight"
  • "Charlie's Chickens"
  • "Gobble! Gobble! Munch!"
  • "I Like Me!"
  • "If the Spider Could Talk"
  • "Mr. Bear"
  • "My Bones"
  • "My True Story"
  • "Pop! Poppity! Pop!"
  • "Six Speckled Hens"
  • "When I Grow Up"