I Wrote Myself a Letter

by Ted Scheu

I wrote myself a letter.
It’s true; I’m not pretending.
It’s filled with lots of juicy news
that soon I will be sending.

So, when I get it in the mail,
I’ll know what I’ve been doing—
the games I’ve played, the trades I’ve made,
the food that I’ve been chewing.

I told myself important stuff
that I should know about me.
I made it absolutely clear
I couldn’t live without me.

I gave myself some good advice
to keep myself on track.
And, maybe, if I’m lucky,
someday I’ll write me back.

  — Ted Scheu

Copyright © 2013. All Rights Reserved. From Getting the Best of Me: 90 Favorite School and Family Poems. Young Poets' Press. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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Okay, have I ever written myself a letter? No, but I should. My mailbox seems emptier each day. Sad, I know. It’s a good idea. I think I’ll do it right now!

From Getting the Best of Me: 90 Favorite School and Family Poems

Here they are! A freshly-picked collection of 90 (Ninety!) of U.S. children’s poet Ted Scheu’s ‘funnest’ and most ‘heartful’ poems for kids generously fill these delicious pages, alongside stunning, heart-tickling photos of Vermont kids from the camera of Peter Lourie. Brimming with honesty and humor, this super-size prize holds many of Ted’s best verses about school and home, and everywhere in between. All from one of the galaxy’s top poets for children. Take a big bite, and enjoy! Here’s what J. Patrick Lewis, U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate (2011-2013) and award-winning children’s author had to say about Getting the Best of Me: “Ted Scheu resurrects his patented wackiness with poems about second-grade kisses, gold medals, funny bones, recycling, even his Great-Aunt Agnes. Predictable mischief abounds. In rollicking ballad verse, Getting the Best of Me gets the best of all of us.!” And more praise from Kenn Nesbitt, U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate (2013-2015): “It’s such a joy to read Ted Scheu’s poems. I mean that literally. There is so much JOY on every page of this book that you can’t help but smile the whole way through!”

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About the Author

Ted Scheu (pronounced “shy”) is a children’s poet and teacher from Middlebury, Vermont who is often introduced as a 3rd grader stuck in a grown-up’s body. He is a former elementary teacher (and naval officer, banker, advertising copywriter, and carpenter), who started writing funny poems seriously about 20 years ago. His poems are published over two dozen anthologies in the US and UK, and in six collections of his own: I Froze My Mother, I Tickled My Teachers, I Threw My Brother Out, Now I Know My ZBCs, Getting the Best of Me, and his latest, a tribute to teachers through kids’ eyes (Ted’s kid-eyes) called, Someday I’ll be a Teacher.

His poems are featured in over two dozen anthologies around the world, including in two amazing anthologies from National Geographic, The National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry, and The Poetry of US. Ted is also super proud of a poem of his that appears a marvelously-sleep-inducing anthology from Little, Brown and Co. called, One Minute till Bedtime.

When he’s not writing humorous poems about kids’ lives, Ted spends about 100 days a year visiting schools around the country. He shares his poems, and mostly helps young writers find their own voices in writing workshops, and to have the kind of fun with poems he never had as a kid. Ted tries to begin (and sometimes end) a poem every day, and when he’s not writing or visiting schools, he loves to eat cereal with lots of milk, and ride his bike—just like any kid his age.

If you haven’t ventured yet to Ted’s website, you’re in for a tickle when you do. Ted and his ‘cousins’ will entertain you. It’s all at

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