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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Author Visits Douglas Florian is now scheduling author visits around the country for next year. For more info contact him at  Laugheteria at 

Douglas Florian has written and illustrated more than fifty children’s books. These include beast feast, winner of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, insectlopedia, a national bestseller featured on National Public Radio and The Today Show, mammalabilia, winner of the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award and a New York Times “Best Illustrated Book of the Year”, and Dinothesaurus, which received starred reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly, and was a Bank Street Best Book of the Year. This spring his new book UnBEElievables: Honeybee Poems  was featured on NBC Learn, and his title Poem Runs: Baseball Poems was starred in a Publishers Weekly review. Next fall Shiver Me Timbers will be published. It's already received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews. He has presented his poetry at The White House, Carnegie Hall, and The Museum of Modern Art.

He’s also visited more than 500 schools as an author/artist. In his high energy presentations to students grades K to 6 he illuminates the entire process of creating a book, using humor and audience participation to generate excitement and understanding. He discusses where he gets his ideas, and shows his original artwork, as well as the printer’s proofs. He demonstrates how the editor and designer work with him to improve the text and art of the book.

From there Florian moves on to poetry, relating its different elements, such as rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration. He recites poems from his books of humorous verse while holding up blowups of the illustrations. He then finishes with a large‑scale drawing demonstration (kids love it!) and answers questions. He gives up to four age-appropriate presentations in a day, each one lasting about 45 minutes. For more info email: Laugheteria at 

An in-depth interview of Douglas Florian can be found at:


Recent Email:

Good morning Douglas
Thank you for a wonderful day of poetry and your kind words at the poetry slam. Our teachers and students were full of compliments and your books are flying out the door. They all loved your presentation and were talking about it for days. You probably know more about downtown Houston than I do. I certainly didn't know about the Books a Million.
Thanks again and I will spread the word to my librarian friends here in town about your wonderful visit.
All the best,
Joanne Levy
Lower School Librarian
St. John's School
Houston, Texas 77019