One of our goals is to introduce you to (or reacquaint you with) accomplished poets whose work is enjoyed by children or teens. We start with the winners of the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children before moving on to other poets.
“Never forget that the subject is as important as your feeling: The mud puddle itself is as important as your pleasure in looking at it or splashing through it. Never let the mud puddle get lost in the poetry—because, in many ways. the mud puddle is the poetry.” — Valerie Worth to Lee Bennett Hopkins
In 1991, Valerie Worth received the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children for her body of work. At the time of the award, Lee Bennett Hopkins wrote a profile of Worth (Language Arts, Vol. 68, October 1991) that beautifully summarizes her remarkable career up to that point. You can download a free PDF of the profile by clicking the link below:
In 1994, Valerie Worth passed away from cancer at age 60. You can read the New York Times obituary by clicking here.
After publishing a collection of verses, At Christmastime, in 1994, Farrar, Straus and Giroux released All the Small Poems and Fourteen More in paperback in 1996. In 2002, FSG posthumously published Peacock and Other Poems, with pictures by Natalie Babbitt, a collection of 27 poems that Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, said “heralds the joy of words.” In 2007, FSG published Animal Poems, illustrated by Steve Jenkins.
- The Crone’s Book of Words, 1971.
- Small Poems, 1972.
- More Small Poems, 1976.
- Still More Small Poems, 1978.
- Curlicues: The Fortunes of Two Pug Dogs, 1980.
- Gypsy Gold, 1983.
- Fox Hill, 1986.
- Small Poems Again, 1986.
- All the Small Poems, 1987.
- The Crone’s Book of Wisdom, 1988.
- At Christmastime, 1994.
- All the Small Poems and Fourteen More, 1996.
- Peacock and Other Poems, 2002.
- Animal Poems, 2007.
All books were published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.