J. Patrick Lewis

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J. Patrick Lewis (born May 5, 1942) is an American poet and prose writer noted for his children's poems and other light verse. He worked as professor of economics before devoting himself full-time to writing in 1998.

Career[edit]

J. Patrick Lewis is the author of 90 children's books including A Hippopotamusn't (1990), BoshBlobberBosh (1998), Please Bury Me in the Library (2004), First Dog (2009), Spot the Plot (2009), The House (2009), "If You Were a Chocolate Mustache" (2012), and "The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry" (ed., 2012).

His books have been published by Creative Editions, Knopf, Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, Dial, Harcourt, Little, Brown, National Geographic, Chronicle Books, Scholastic Teaching Resources, Candlewick, Schwartz & Wade/Random House, Holiday House, Sleeping Bear Press, Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press, Dawn Publications, and others. Gulls Hold Up the Sky, his first book of adult poems, was published by Laughing Fire Press (2010).

Awards[edit]

Lewis has received numerous awards from the American Library Association, the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Claudia Lewis Award from the Bank Street School, and others. He was the recipient of the 2010-11 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Excellence in Children's Poetry Award, presented every two years. He was also named the third U.S. Children's Poet Laureate (2011-2013) by the Poetry Foundation in Chicago.

Works[edit]

  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2014). "Everything Is a Poem: The Best of J. Patrick Lewis." Mankato, MN: Creative Editions.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2014). "Freedom Like Sunlight: Praisesongs for Black Americans." (new release) Mankato, MN: Creative Editions.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2014). "M Is for Monster: A Fantastic Creatures Alphabet." Ann Arbor, MI: Sleeping Bear Press.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2014). "Voices from the March on Washington, 1963." Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2014). "Harlem Hellfighters." Mankato, MN: Creative Editions.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2014). "Poem-mobiles: Crazy Car Poems." (With Douglas Florian). New York: Schwartz & Wade/Random House.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2013). "The Good Ship Crocodile." Mankato, MN: Creative Editions.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2013). "World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You've Never Heard Of." Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2013). "Face Bug." (Photographs by Frederic B. Siskind. Illustrated by Kelly Murphy.) Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2012). "When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders." San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2012). "If You Were a Chocolate Mustache: Poems." Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2012). (Editor) "The National Geographic Book of Animal Poems." Washington, D.C.: National Geographic.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2012). "Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs." (With Jane Yolen.) Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2012). "Take Two! A Celebration of Twins." (With Jane Yolen.) Cambridge, MA.: Candlewick.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2012). "Edgar Allan Poe's Pie: Math Puzzler in Classic Poems." New York, NY: Harcourt.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2012). "What's Looking at You, Kid?" Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2011). "Self-Portrait with Seven Fingers: A Life of Marc Chagall in Verse." (With Jane Yolen.) Mankato, MN: Creative Editions.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2011). "And the Soldiers Sang." Mankato MN: Creative Editions.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2012). "Tugg & Teeny" (book #3). Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2011). "Tugg & Teeny" (book #2). Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2011). "Tugg & Teeny" (book #1). Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2010). Gulls Hold Up the Sky." LaJolla, CA: Laughing Fire Press (adult poems).
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2010). Kindergarten Cat. New York, NY: Schwartz & Wade/Random House.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2010). The Fantastic 5&10 Cent Store. New York, NY: Schwartz & Wade/Random House.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2010). Skywriting: Poems in Flight. Mankato, MN: Creative Editions.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2010). First Dog's White House Christmas. Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2009). The House. Mankato, MN: Creative Editions.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2009). Spot the Plot! A Riddle Book of Book Riddles. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2009). First Dog. (With Beth Zappitello), Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2009). Countdown to Summer: A Poem for Every Day of the School Year. New York: Little, Brown.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2009). The Underwear Salesman; and Other Odd-Job Verses. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2008). Birds on a Wire: A Renga 'Round the Town. (With Paul B. Janeczko), Boyds Mills Press/Wordsong.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2008). The World's Greatest: Poems. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2007). The Brothers' War: Civil War Voices in Verse. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2007). Tulip at the Bat. Boston: Little, Brown. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2007). Big Is Big and Little Little: A Book of Contrasts. New York: Holiday House.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2007). Michelangelo’s World. Mankato, MN: Creative Editions.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2007). Poems for Teaching in the Content Areas: Math, Science, History and Geography." New York: Scholastic Teaching Resources.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2007). Under the Kissletoe. Honesdale, PA: Boyd Mills Press/Wordsong.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2006). Once Upon a Tomb: Gravely Humorous Verses. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2006). Blackbeard the Pirate King. Washington, DC: National Geographic.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2006). Black Cat Bone: A Live of Blues Legend Robert Johnson in Verse. Mankato, MN: Creative Editions.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2006). Good Mornin', Ms. America: The U.S.A. in Verse. School Specialty Publishing.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2006). Castles: Old Stone Poems. (With Rebecca Kai Dotlich), Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press/Wordsong.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2006). Wing Nuts: Screwy Haiku. (With Paul B. Janeczko), Boston: Little, Brown. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2005). Vherses: A Celebration of Outstanding Women. Mankato, MN: Creative Editions.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2005). Monumental Verses. Washington, DC: National Geographic.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2005). God Made the Skunk; and Other Animal Poems. Cupertino, CA: Doggerel Daze.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2005). Heroes and She-roes: Poems of Amazing and Everyday Heroes. New York: Dial.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2004). Scien-trickery: Riddles in Science. Orlando: Silver Whistle/Harcourt.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2004). Please Bury Me in the Library. New York: Harcourt.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2004). The Stolen Smile. Mankato, MN: Creative Editions.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2003). The Snowflake Sisters. New York: Atheneum.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2003). Galileo's Universe. Mankato, MN: Creative Editions.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2003). Swan Songs: Poems of Extinction. Mankato, MN: Creative Editions.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2002). Arithme-tickle: An Even Number of Odd Riddle-Rhymes. New York: Harcourt.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2002). A World of Wonders: Geographic Travels in Verse and Rhyme. New York: Dial. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2002). The Last Resort. Mankato, MN: Creative Editions.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2002). Earth and Me, Our Family Tree. Nevada City, CA: Dawn Publications. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2001). Good Mousekeeping; and Other Animal Home Poems. New York: Atheneum. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2001). A Burst of Firsts: Doers, Shakers, and Record Breakers. New York: Dial. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2001). The Shoe Tree of Chagrin. Mankato, MN: Creative Editions. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2001). Earth and You, a Closer View: Nature's Features. Nevada City, CA: Dawn Publications. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2001). Earth and Us, Continuous: Nature's Past and Future. Nevada City, CA: Dawn Publications. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2000). Isabella Abnormella and the Very, Very Finicky Queen of Trouble. New York: DK Publishing. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (2000). Freedom like Sunlight: Praisesongs for Black Americans. Mankato, MN: Creative Editions.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1999). At the Wish of the Fish: An Adaptation of a Russian Folktale,. New York: Atheneum. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1999). The Bookworm's Feast: A Potluck of Poems. New York: Dial.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1999). The Night of the Goat Children. New York: Dial. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1998). Riddle-lightful. New York: Knopf. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1998). The House of Boo. New York: Atheneum. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1998). Doodle Dandies: Poems That Take Shape. New York: Atheneum.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1998). BoshBlobberBosh: Runcible Poems for Edward Lear. New York: Harcourt.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1997). The La-Di-Da Hare. New York: Dial. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1997). Long Was the Winter Road They Traveled: A Tale of the Nativity. New York: Dial. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1997). The Little Buggers: Insect and Spider Poems. New York: Dial. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1996). Riddle-icious. New York: Knopf. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1996). The Boat of Many Rooms. New York: Atheneum. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1995). Ridicholas Nicholas. New York: Dial. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1995). Black Swan/White Crow. New York: Atheneum.
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1994). The Frog Princess: A Russian Folktale. New York: Dial. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1994). July Is a Mad Mosquito. New York: Atheneum. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1994). The Christmas of the Reddle Moon. New York: Dial. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1994). The Fat-Cats at Sea. New York: Knopf. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1993). One Dog Day. New York: Atheneum. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1992). The Moonbow of Mr. B. Bones. New York: Knopf. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1991). Two-legged, Four-legged, No-legged Rhymes. New York: Knopf. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1991). Earth Verses and Water Rhymes. New York: Atheneum. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1990). A Hippopotamusn't; and Other Animal Verses. New York: Dial. OP
  • Lewis, J. Patrick (1988). The Tsar and the Amazing Cow. New York: Dial. OP

OP = out-of print book

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