I never try out my ideas on children, except on the child that I used to know...and that -- was me! Fortunately, I remember pretty well what I used to like to read, think about, and do. I find, even today, that if I write something I like children are apt to like it too. I guess what it amounts too is I never grew up. Over the years I have discovered you really don't have to grow up. - Aileen Fisher
Aileen Fisher is one of my daughter's favorite poets and she quickly became mine. There are many excellent posts dedicated to Aileen in the blogosphere. One of the best is from the blog Poetry for Children on the occasion of what would have been her hundredth birthday.
Not only was Miss Fisher a great poet she also wrote non fiction and fiction for children. In 1978, she was the 2nd recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) award for Excellence in Poetry for Children.
Here are two poems of hers with the illustrations to give an idea of a bit of her style.
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A to Z Archives: Poems at Alice's Bunny Blog. Alice is my oldest daughter's build-a-bear (full disclosure she's a bunny) Alice was quite the blogger back in the day and she wrote this nifty post about 2 of her favorite poems both about bunnies with one being the best poem I think Aileen Fisher ever did write. Check it out!
Inaugural Holiday Poetry Reading at Dave Out Loud. This past Christmas I read several of my own poems and then ended with Aileen Fisher's Do Rabbits Have Christmas.
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