Who has written over 40 children’s books, collaborated with Dr. Seuss and was the very first Children’s Poet Laureate? Why, Jack Prelutsky of course! From poems about butter brickle pepper pickle ice cream to poems about dragons and chickens, Jack Prelutsky’s wacky poems are perfect for children and adults alike!
After growing up in a rough, working-class neighborhood in the Bronx, Prelutsky knows firsthand the power of poetry and reading. At the age of 23, Prelutsky barely had enough money to pay for an apartment, until editor Susan Hirshman recognized Prelutsky’s talent in writing verse. So, Prelutsky set about writing poem after poem until months later he had written enough poems to publish a book.
Since then, Prelutsky has soared to the ranks of poet extraordinaire, publishing over 40 children’s books, including My Parents Think I’m Sleeping, Something Big Has Been Here, and Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!, a book started by Dr. Seuss and finished, at discovery of the unfinished manuscript and the suggestion of Random House, by Prelutsky himself. To top it all off, in 2006, Prelutsky was named the very first Children’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation.
Since today marks the end of National Poetry Month, we wanted to take a moment to honor Jack Prelutsky for his contributions to the world of poetry. “I’m conscious that I am teaching things,” says Prelutsky in an interview with READ MORE »