Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Lee Bennett Hopkins - Good Books, Good Times!

Lee Bennett Hopkins

Good books.
Good times.
Good stories.
Good rhymes.
Good beginnings.
Good ends.
Good people.
Good friends.
Good fiction.
Good facts
Good adventures.
Good acts.
Good stories.
Good rhymes.
Good books
Good times!

© l985 by Lee Bennett Hopkins. Used by permission of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

I bet a lot of you know Lee Bennett Hopkins' Good Books, Good Times! I know I've heard him and this poem in person - a "good time!" indeed. No matter if it's new or familiar to you, though, it's a great summation of the month just past... and a preview of all the months ahead at GottaBook and, I suspect, wherever any of you are, too. When Lee suggested it might be a good fit here, I agreed (and, since I'm taking a couple day blogging break here, what better message for visitors to find!).

Besides being a remarkable poet and anthologist, Lee Bennett Hopkins has probably done more for children's poetry and children's poets than... well... probably than anyone. He's founded awards, he's lobbied, he's advised, he's promoted, he's encouraged, and most of all, he's inspired with his generosity of spirit and his love of poetry. It's always a pleasure to have him come a-visiting, and I'm thrilled to celebrate good books and good times with him and you all.

By the way, if you haven't seen the new LeeBennettHopkins.com site, you should head on over and check it out. Also, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Teaching Toolbox - a new blog created by librarians, teachers, and students (not Lee himself) - is well worth a visit.


Jane Heitman Healy said...

This poem says it all! Thanks, Lee, for this and ALL the poetry! Thanks, Greg, for hosting.

laurasalas said...

Lee's poem is a great way to cap your month of delicious poems. Thank you, Greg, and thank you, Lee! You both rock.

Alex said...

This poem is wonderful, thanks for posting it and making us aware of Lee Bennett Hopkins.

MM said...

Great stuff, shall definitely be checking out some more of Mr Hopkins' poems in the near future now I'm aware of his work:)