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Knock on Wood

Poems About Superstitions

Illustrated by Julie Paschkis

What superstitions do you follow?
In this collection of original poems, accomplished poet Janet S. Wong explores seventeen superstitions, some common, others that are less known, and delves into their origins as well as their lore. Rich, full-color illustrations by Julie Paschkis enhance each poem.
The result from this award-winning team is sure to intrigue young readers and make them think again about things they often do, like opening an umbrella, walking under a ladder, or putting on a hat!

Janet S. Wong is the author of more than a dozen picture books and poetry collections. Her work includes Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and Knock on Wood: Poems About Superstitions, both illustrated by Julie Paschkis, as well as Grump, a Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended Book, illustrated by John Wallace. Janet lives with her family in Medina, Washington.

Photograph by Joe Max Emminger

Julie Paschkis is a painter, textile designer, and award-winning illustrator and author of books for children, including Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica Brown, an Americas Award winner and an Orbis Pictus Honor book; Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams by Janet S. Wong, a 2000 New York Times Best Illustrated Book; and Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary by Julie Larios, a 2006 Boston Globe–Horn Award Honor Book. A love of pattern and of folk art shows in all her work. She lives in Seattle with her husband. Visit her online at

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