Lee Bennett Hopkins tomorrow

BULLETIN: A big hello to the students in Carl Wanke Elementary School in San Antonio, Texas. I understand that you are visiting our site. I hope to see some of your poems before long!

BULLETIN: I also know that students from David Harrison Elementary School in Springfield, Missouri are dropping by now and then. Pardon my pride!

Teachers, let me know when your students are watching and I’ll be glad to wave back. David

Tomorrow it will be my pleasure to introduce Lee Bennett Hopkins as my blog guest speaker. As you might expect, you’re in for a treat on Friday! I always ask my guests to send a bio to post the day before they appear. Here’s Lee’s. Clearly, the man needs to work harder!

Lee Bennett Hopkins has written and edited numerous award-winning books for children and young adults, as well as professional texts and curriculum materials. He has taught elementary school and served as a consultant to school systems throughout the country. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Hopkins graduated Kean University, Bank Street College of Education, and holds a Professional Diploma in Educational Supervision and Administration from Hunter College. In 1980 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Kean University.

in 1989 he received the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion for “outstanding contributions to the field of children’s literature” in recognition of his work; 2009 brought him the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Excellence in Poetry for Children recognizing his aggregate body of work. Among his original collections are Been to Yesterdays: Poems of a Life (Boyds Mills Press) an autobiographical book of poetry that received the prestigious Christopher Medal and a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Golden Kite Honor Award, Alphathoughts: Alphabet Poems, and City I Love (Abrams, 2009), illustrated by jazz musician, Marcellus Hall, starred in both PW and SLJ.

His creativity is the result of his passion for poetry and his unflagging belief that poetry is a necessity for children, at home and in the classroom.

His award winning series of American History through poetry for children and young adults include Hand in Hand: An American History Through Poetry, illustrated by Peter Fiore, My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States, and America At War, both illustrated
by Stephen Alcorn (all Simon & Schuster/McElderry Books).

His recent, SKY MAGIC (Dutton, 2009) received a starred review in THE HORN BOOK calling the anthology ‘mesmerizing…a hypnotic,
otherworldly feel.”

At the heart of all his writing is the dedication in bringing children and books together. “You must teach children to love books,” he insists.”
“We spend too much time teaching children to read and not enough time teaching them to love to read.”

To encourage the recognition of poetry, he has established two major awards: the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, presented annually by Penn State University for a single volume of poetry, and the Lee Bennett Hopkins/International Reading Association Promising Poet Award, presented every three years by IRA.

One of the nation’s most sought-after speakers on the subject of children’s literature, Mr. Hopkins lives in Cape Coral, Florida. PHONE: 239.549.9514
EMAIL: lbhcove@aol.com See: http://www.leebennetthopkinsbooks.com, http://www.simonsays.com


On other business, this month we’re being entertained and informed by a variety of excellent efforts inspired by “road.” So far we’ve enjoyed the works of Steven Withrow, catgirlslovehaiku, Gay Fawcett, Brian Miller, Claire, Genia, jingle, drj3kyll, Diane Mayr, Mary Nida Smith, Tricia Stohr-Hunt, Judith Lachance-Whitcomb, Barbara Turner, Ishabelle, alohasara, Jaymie, Jackie Huppenthal, lyndonu, V. L. Gregory, and Datsme. Have I missed anyone?

In the time remaining before cutoff on February 22 — 11 days from now — I hope we’ll hear from many other adult poets and be joined by student poets as well.

I have a favor to ask. Some poets identify themselves by their blog names or sign in with a first name only. Whatever you wish is fine with me but if you’d like to provide further information, please let me know.

I also like to know in what town, state, or country you live. Part of the fun of this exercise is to watch the ripple effect as Word of the Month Poetry Challenge gets around. If you’re visiting the site, even though you may not have contributed a poem (yet!), I’d like to know your area too.

So if you don’t mind, and haven’t done so previously, leave a comment and let me know where you are and, if you wish to remove your blog mask, who you are.