Bobbi is happy to be participating in Scholastic's global literacy campaign, Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life.
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The Monsterologist: A Memoir in Rhyme has been announced as a FINALIST for the 2009 Cybils, Children's and Young Adult Blogger's Literary Awards.
For more information on the Cybils please visit www.cybils.com
For a full list of 2009 Finalists and award information here is a printable PDF
2009 Finalist & Info PDF
More Exciting News!
The Monsterologist; A Memoir in Rhyme received a Bookbinders' Guild Award at the New York Book Show!
Check out the fun website for The Monsterologist:
Find out about the new book, play a game, and more!!!
At last the Puffin paperback edition of Pocket Poems is here. It’s a perfect way to celebrate poetry month, and in particular, Poem in a Pocket Day, with the young people age 4-10 in your life. I collected brief rhyming poems from our best poets which follow a child through the day from waking up to bedtime. Marylin Hafner created perfect illustrations.
The original, and much more expensive, hardcover was cited as the "Best Poetry Book “ of the season by Parents Magazine.
Here is a link so you can get your copy today! Pocket Poems [Paperback Edition]
Copyright c2004 by Bobbi Katz
“Calling all young monster-wannabe's! If you want a blueprint for becoming Bluebeard or a crack at the Kraken, ghostwriter Bobbi Katz' memoir-in- rhyme THE MONSTEROLOGIST will provide you with the perfect job descriptions. Guaranteed to provide shivers and quivers (and giggles) galore!”
– Mary Ann Hoberman, Children’s Poet Laureate, and author of A House is a House for Me
“THE MONSTEROLOGIST (a.k.a. Bobbi Katz) clamps a verse reverse half-Nelson on each of her ghouls and pins them in seconds flat. Her poetremendous lines, paired with Adam McCauley’s trollishly clever illustrations, bring these beasties back from the dead and lock them in a room from which they will never escape—your imagination.”
– J. Patrick Lewis, author of Please Bury Me in the Library
“This book gives me the creeps! But that's a good thing, as Bobbi Katz brings monsters to life in this Who's Who of Monsterhood, from Grendel to the Golem, from Yeti to Kracken. And Adam McCauley's clever and audicious illustrations work hand-in-hand (or should that be claw-in-claw?) with the poems to create a match made in the nether world.”
– Paul B. Janeczko, author of Hey, You! Poems to Skyscrapers, Mosquitoes, and Other Fun Things
Enjoy my interview with young Emma from Meet Me At The Corner as we sit down at Poet's House in New York City to discuss the world of poetry.
For more you information on Meet Me At The Corner and Poets House you can simply click here:
Meet Me At The Corner
Have you noticed how many people are reading, writing, and listening to poetry? Poetry Festivals featuring day after day of verse draw huge crowds. Why? Maybe we're so flooded by language, by endless sound-bites trying to sell everything from soap to politicians, that we're trying to give words new meaning. But imagine...
A Scarcity of Words
What if words were suddenly endangered
like cheetahs and pandas and elephants?
What if words became scarce,
the supply suddenly limited?
Would people panic, hurrying to say things
just to get them said
or would they hoard their thoughts like misers?
What if words were being used up so fast
that they had to be rationed
and you could only have a certain amount?
Which fifty, which twenty, which ten words
would you choose
to recycle, respect, repeat, replay,
write or say
if words were suddenly endangered... and precious?
Copyright c1995 by Bobbi Katz
Kids often ask me how a poem begins or where I get my ideas. Their questions gave me this answer.
I didn't mean to write a poem.
A tingling starts a single spinneret
or may not rhyme
a web of words:
a poem to house my spiderling.
Copyright c2006 by Bobbi Katz
on a cheek or chin-
that is the way
for a day to begin!
a cuddle, a purr.
I have an alarm clock
that's covered with fur.
Copyright c 1974 Bobbi Katz