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Friday, April 13, 2018

Poetry Friday--Happy Birthday, Lee Bennett Hopkins!

Today poet, editor, and anthologist (Guinness World Record holder as the world's most prolific anthologist of poetry for children), Lee Bennett Hopkins is celebrating his 80th birthday!

According to Guinness, Hopkins became the record holder in 2011 with 113 anthologies to his credit. Of course, seven years later, he has many more to add to the 2011 list.

Nesmith Library has 21 titles in our collection that Hopkins has written, compiled, selected, edited, or contributed to; the GMILCS consortium has 65! One of our newer titles is Traveling the Blue Road: Poems of the Sea [J 811 TRA], which is masterfully illustrated with mixed media collage by Bob Hansman & Jovan Hansman.

The following poem is from City I Love, poems by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Marcellus Hall [J 811.54 HOP].


Let's wish Mr. Hopkins many more years filled with poetry, then join the other Poetry Friday bloggers holding birthday celebrations at Life on the Deckle Edge



12 comments:

  1. I love "Sing a Song of Cities." I didn't realize until this week how many anthologies Lee Bennett Hopkins has to his credit.

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  2. Amen, and Cheers from here! :0) Thanks, Diane and KK!

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  3. Hello Nesmith Maven Diane, Appreciations for selecting this city song poem from Mr. H. It makes me want to read the rest of CITY I LOVE. I've never seen it & it would be a great gift to people I recently met when I was visiting our college gal in NYC. Love.

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  4. I like hearing about the library, too, Diane and all the records Lee has broken with his work, so important to poetry for children.

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  5. You've got me curious now how many LBH titles our library system has. It's quite a few, I know that... and I keep requesting that they purchase more. :)

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  6. Such a wonderful body of work he has. Thanks for sharing that wonderful poem about the city.

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  7. Ooohhh...I love this one! I don't often hear the songs of cities (that's what living in the country will do for you), but their songs excite me when I visit!

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  8. I don't get into the city often, but when I do I love the songs she sings to me. Thank you, Diane, for the fun facts, too!

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  9. Beautiful poem Diane, I'm not familiar with this particular book, though cities have a big pull on me–I'll have to check it out, thanks!

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  10. I was surprised when I went looking to find so many anthologies by Lee. Some of the books I knew, but didn't connect his name with them. He has made such huge contributions to the world of poetry!

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  11. Now that's a World Record worth celebrating!!

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  12. What a gift Lee's anthologies are to children, parents, and teachers! Thank you for sharing a peek into City I Love and reminding me to look for Traveling the Blue Road.

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