April marks the 16th annual National Poetry Month. Mary Ann Hoberman is the award winning poet and author of more than 40 children’s books. She was born on August 12, 1930 in Stamford, Connecticut. She knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a writer “I knew I was going to be a writer even before I knew how to write! I think I was about four years old when I first understood that many of the stories I loved so much had been made up by real people, with real names, rather than having always been here like the moon or the sky.” After graduating from Smith College, she taught writing and literature. Her first book All My Shoes Come in Twos was published in 1957. She won a National Book Award for A House is a House for Me and in 2008 was named the Children’s Poet Laureate. Her poems celebrate word play and the magical experiences of children. Watch Mary Ann Hoberman read from her 2009 book of poetry All Kinds of Families.
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