Come on in. Grab some cake. It's time to celebrate!
I'm keeping this post short today, because A LOT of folks want to express their good wishes for Lee, and I want you to have time to read all of them. I want to add my appreciation for all that the ways Lee has promoted poets and poetry. He has made poetry accessible and touched the lives of children, teachers, poets, and poetry lovers. Lee has made the world better. Isn't that what we all hope to do?
A few years ago, I wrote a blog post about Lee and how much his encouragement has meant to me. When you have time, you might like to take a look. For now, I'll share a few things I didn't include in the post.
In the early 90's, I interviewed Lee for an article I wrote for a teacher resource. This is the picture he sent me to accompany the article. I treasure this picture and keep it in my "Lee" folder along with every handwritten/typewritten note he ever sent me.
Lee and Royal Dude
One of my favorite poems by Lee was inspired when Dude had to spend two nights away from home at the office. All of us who love our pets can relate. It begins:
Overnight at the Vet's
of snow-white hair
strewn upon his
I wonder how
he's feeling there
©Lee Bennett Hopkins. All rights reserved.
Want to read the rest of the poem? Would you like to know more Lee's journey as a writer and anthologist? Well, you've come to the right place!
In honor of Lee's birthday, I'm giving away a copy of his book THE WRITING BUG (Meet the Author). Just leave a comment with a special birthday wish for Lee by Monday, April 16. I'll draw a name and announce the winner on my blog next Friday. Good luck.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEE!
May all of your wishes come true!
A special THANK YOU to my beautiful friend Robyn for hosting the party!