Thursday, October 09, 2008

Mary Ann Hoberman, New Children's Poet Laureate

Exciting news! Mary Ann Hoberman, one of our family's very favorite poets, has been named the new children's poet laureate.

We love Mary Ann Hoberman's writing. Especially The Seven Silly Eaters, Whose Garden Is It?, and The Llama Who Had No Pajama. That last is an anthology of 100 wonderful poems; the title one is the sweet girl's favorite poem and is also the main reason why she declared last year that Mary Ann Hoberman was her favorite writer. Last spring, we took an opportunity to write to Ms. Hoberman and tell her that; I posted about the lovely reply we received here.

What a great day for children's poetry. We're so excited! Congratulations, Mary Ann Hoberman!


Erin said...

Ooh, congratulations indeed! A worthy choice!

Beth said...

Yes, isn't she? We're so excited!

Edna said...

I'll need to get some of her stuff for my class. We read a poem every day (with "request day" on Friday), and I'm always amazed at how much they enjoy the poetry (first grader). We're doing a Jack Prelutsky book now--I try to ease them in with humor!

Beth said...

We need to do more Prelutsky this year. Any good recommendations? :-)

I think your first grade class would love Hoberman. Both *The Seven Silly Eaters* and the *Two Sillies* are very funny! They're longer narrative rhyming poems in picture book format. *Seven Silly Eaters* also has amazing illustrations by Marla Frazee.