Douglas Florian visits Churchill

This year, Churchill had the great fortune of inviting poet and illustrator, Douglas Florian, to our school– best of all, he visited us in April, which just so happens to be National Poetry Month!

Since 1980, Florian has written and illustrated dozens of books of children’s poetry, including Poetrees (2010); Dinothesaurus (2009), a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, a Horn Book Fanfare List selection and a Junior Library Guild selection; Lizards, Frogs and Polliwogs (2005), a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book; and Gryphon Award-winner and Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year Bow Wow Meow Meow (2003).

Florian’s illustrated poetry books for children often incorporate elements of collage, watercolor, and gouache on a surface of primed paper bags. He frequently takes the natural world as his subject, using wordplay, neologisms, rhyme, and humor to engage young readers. In a BookPage interview with Heidi Henneman, Florian spoke of the linguistic and syntactic pliability his poems flex, noting "poetry is not black and white. It is more like the gray and purple area that connects all the things we live in."

 

         

  

 
 
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© 2009 The Churchill School and Center    301 East 29th Street New York, NY 10016    Tel 212 722 0610    Fax 212 722 1387