Today let’s celebrate poets who write for children.
1. Do you know who was named the Children’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation in May, 2011?
In May, J. Patrick Lewis was named the new Children’s Poetry Laureate by the Poetry Foundation.
This Economics professor turned children’s poet has written over seventy children’s book since his first was published in 1990, and has done over 450 author visits to schools! That is truly amazing.
A sampling of his books:
2. The website byline of our second poet reads: “Writer, Poet, Tadpole Rancher.” This poet takes along a paper mache frog named Studebaker when visiting schools. Do you know who this frog-obsessed poet is?
Kristine O’Connell George has an explanation of “tadpole ranching“at her website. It is part of the information and activities to go with her book The Great Frog Race. You can see a photograph of Studebaker the frog from on Kristine O’Connell George’s biography page. While you are visiting, be sure to listen to some of her poetry read aloud.
My review of her book Fold Me A Poem
Some of her other books: