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Posts Tagged ‘J. Patrick Lewis’

Kenn Nesbitt Named Children’s Poet Laureate

Poet Kenn Nesbitt has been chosen as the next Children’s Poet Laureate. The two-year title includes a $25,000 cash prize.

Poetry Foundation created the post “to raise awareness that children have a natural receptivity to poetry and are its most appreciative audience, especially when poems are written specifically for them.” Nesbitt has published a number of books, including The Tighty-Whitey Spider and Revenge of the Lunch Ladies (2007). Here’s more from the release:

During his laureateship, Nesbitt will deliver two major public readings for children and their families, teachers, and librarians. He will also serve as an advisor to the Poetry Foundation on children’s literature, and will likely engage in a variety of projects and events across the country to help instill a love of poetry among the nation’s youngest readers. Born in Berkeley, California, Nesbitt grew up in Fresno and San Diego and majored in computer science at National University in San Diego. He currently lives in Spokane, Washington, with his wife and two children.

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U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate: ‘Poetry should be read out loud even if you are all alone in a room.’

Happy National Poetry Month! All throughout April, we will interview poets about working in this digital age. Recently, we spoke with J. Patrick Lewis, the United States’ current children’s poet laureate.

Lewis (pictured, via) worked as an economics professor for many years. The sighting of a moonbow (a white rainbow) inspired him to write his first children’s story.

He has since gone on to write more than eighty books and has collaborated with other respected members of the industry including prolific children’s writer Jane Yolen, illustrator Sophie Blackall, and artist Michael Slack.

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