TTLG Author/Illustrator Profiles

J. Patrick Lewis

J. Patrick Lewis

J. Patrick Lewis (born May 5, 1942) is an American poet and prose writer noted for his children's poems and other light verse. He worked as professor of economics before devoting himself full-time to writing in 1998.

He is the author of more than 65 children's books including A Hippopotamusn't (1990), BoshBlobberBosh (1998), Please Bury Me in the Library (2004), First Dog (2009),    Spot the Plot (2009), and The House (2009).

His books have been published by Creative Editions, Knopf, Atheneum, Dial,  Harcourt,  Little Brown, National Geographic, Chronicle Books,  Scholastic, Candlewick, Holiday House, Sleeping Bear Press, Dawn Publications, and others. His poems have also appeared in Gettysburg Review, New England Review, New Letters, Southern Humanities Review, new renaissance, Kansas Quarterly, Fine Madness, Light Quarterly, and many others. Gulls Hold Up the Sky, his first book of adult poems, is forthcoming from Laughing Fire Press.

He and his work have received numerous awards from the American Library Association, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and others.