Biography

Bruce Lansky is one of North America’s most popular authors and editors of children’s poetry and children’s fiction. His twenty children’s poetry books (including Kids Pick the Funniest Poems and Mary Had a Little Jam) have sold more than 3.5 million copies. His three children’s fiction series including Girls to the Rescue™, Newfangled Fairy Tales™ and Can You Solve the Mystery?™ have sold more than 1.4 million copies. He has recently launched two new series of picture books for young children: Picture Readers (for children ages 3 to 6) and Early Readers (for beginning readers).

Bruce is the creator of GigglePoetry.com, one of the most popular children’s poetry websites in the world. It provides children, parents and teachers with some of the most entertaining poems and songs ever written for children available at no cost, along with free instruction on how to write poems, poetry theater scripts and other creative activities. Bruce has also created two websites to provide ideas for teaching poetry and fiction: PoetryTeachers.com and FictionTeachers.com.

Bruce’s passion for getting children excited about reading and writing has motivated him to visit more than 650 schools and more than 50 library/literacy/reading conferences. Recently, he became an organizer and host of the Poetry Olio, a national showcase for children’s poetry which is held once a year at the annual International Literacy Association Conference.

Home: Eden Prairie, MN

Travels to: Bruce has visited schools and conferences in more than 45 of the United States. He frequently visits schools in the upper-Midwestern states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota. He often visits the New York Metro area, Colorado, Arizona, Georgia, Arizona and Florida. Truth is, Bruce enjoys meeting teachers and students who enjoy “playing with content,” wherever they may live.