"If I Were in Charge of the World"
by Judith Viorst
Taken from If I Were in Charge of the World by Judith Viorst
1981 Aladdin Books

If I were in charge of the world
I'd cancel oatmeal,
Monday mornings,
Allergy shots, and also
Sara Steinberg.

If I were in charge of the world
There'd be brighter night lights,
Healthier hamsters, and
Basketball baskets forty-eight inches lower.

If I were in charge of the world
You wouldn't have lonely.
You wouldn't have clean.
You wouldn't have bedtimes.
Or "Don't punch your sister,"
You wouldn't even have sisters.

If I were in charge of the world
A chocolate sundae with whipped cream and nuts would be a vegetable.
All 007 movies would be G.
And a person who sometimes forgot to brush,
And sometimes forgot to flush,
Would still be allowed to be
In charge of the world.

Ma! Don't Throw That Shirt Out
written by Jack Prelutsky

Ma! Don't throw that shirt out,
it's my all-time favorite shirt!
I admit it smells peculiar,
and is stained with grease and dirt,
that it's missing half its buttons,
and has got so many holes
that it might have been infested
by a regiment of moles.

Yes! I know that I've outgrown it,
that it's faded and it's torn,
I can see the sleeves are frazzled,
I'm aware the collar's worn,
but I've had that shirt forever,
and I swear that I'll be hurt
if you dare to throw that shirt out--

What I Love About Winter

By Douglas Florian


Frozen Lakes

Hot pancakes

Lots of snow

Hot cocoa

Skates and skis

Evergreen trees

Funny hats


Sunset blaze


Snowball fights

Fireplace nights

Chimneys steaming

Winter dreaming