As Giddy as a Pig in the Sunshine

When J. Patrick Lewis learned that he had been named Children’s Poet Laureate, he said, “I felt as giddy as a pig in the sunshine. I felt like an otter in a waterfall. It was thrilling!”

Lewis’ two-year term began in May. He will help raise awareness that kids are naturally receptive and appreciate poetry, especially if it is written for them.

The Chicago-based Poetry Foundation has awarded the Laureateship twice before, to Jack Prelutsky and Mary Ann Hoberman.

You can dip into some of our new Children's Poet Laureate's recent collections:
Spot the Plot: a Riddle Book of Book Riddles
The World’s Greatest: Poems
Once Upon a Tomb: Gravely Humorous Verses
Scien-Trickery: Riddles in Science
A World of Wonders: Geographic Travels in Verse and Rhyme
A Burst of Firsts: Doers, Shakers, and Record Breakers

Here is his poem,
Necessary Gardens:

Libraries
Are
Necessary
Gardens,
Unsurpassed
At
Growing
Excitement.

Comments

Nice LANGUAGE, dude.


I love that necesssary gardens poem. Yay libraries!!!


why LANGUAGE


I love the poem!


Great.


Nice! This blog gave me plenty of things to put holds on :)


I love Jack Prelutsky's poems. I'll look into some of the new poet laureate's as well.


Awesome


My 8 year old is starting to enjoy kids poetry, this gives me more to get for him :)


I'm going to look into this for my kids.


This poem makes people think about their libraries! I like it!


Cool!