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NCTE Children's Poetry Awards Committee - Previous Revision


To recommend on a regular basis every two years a living American poet to the NCTE Executive Committee for the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children in recognition of his or her aggregate work; to sustain the collection of poetry books of award winners, past and future, in the University of Minnesota, Kerlan Collection; to recognize and foster excellence in children's poetry by encouraging its publi­cation; and to explore ways to acquaint teachers and children with poetry through such means as publications, programs, and displays.

2011 NCTE Poetry Award Winner
J. Patrick Lewis is the 16th winner of the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children.  An American poet and prose writer noted for his children's poems and other light verse, J. Patrick Lewis has published over 65 children’s books and loves sharing his stories, poetry, and humor.  His poems run the gamut from silly to serious, from free verse to form, from nonfiction to nonsense.  

Read more about the NCTE Poetry Award winners.

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Current Members 2009-2012

CHAIR, Barbara Ward
(Washington State University, Richland)

Rebecca Kai Dotlich
(Carmel, IN)

Elaine Magliaro
(Beverly, MA)

Jonda McNair
(Clemson University, SC)

Mary Napoli
(Penn State University, Harrisburg)

Terrell Young
(Washington State University, Richland)

Executive Committee Liaison, Sandy Hayes
(Becker Middle School, MN)

NCTE Administrative Liaison, Linda Walters

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