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!
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