• R.I.P. Bobbi Katz, 89, in Dec. 2022 (poet: "A Rumpus of Rhymes," 2001)

    From Lenona@21:1/5 to All on Fri Jan 6 23:59:17 2023
    (with photo)

    "Bobbi Katz left us on December 3, 2022. Born to George and Margaret Shapiro on May 2, 1933 in Newburgh, New York, Bobbi is survived by her daughter Lori Katz, who was at her side at the end. Bobbi was predeceased by her son Joshua. A lover of art, the
    natural world, history and cultures, she made her mark in life as a writer of poetry, biographies, essays and picture books. Some of her poems have been parts of so many anthologies and popular publications that they are mistaken as belonging in the
    public domain. In addressing her younger audiences, Bobbi had this to say about being a writer: 'There is nothing better than finding just the right words to make a new connection between ideas and images. It's super delicious to share that connection
    with readers." A prolific author, over 95 of her books were published under her name including Trailblazers: Poems of Exploration, Once Around the Sun, We, the People and A Rumpus of Rhymes, which received the National Council of Teachers of English
    Notable Book designation in 2001. Bobbi ghost wrote several well-known children's books' series that are still popular today. One could not have a conversation with her without the start of a poem appearing at some point. She was a keen observer of life
    and had a passion for justice in all its forms. Bobbi lived her values and shared them through her written words. A Phi Beta Kappa honors graduate of Goucher College, Bobbi studied art history, specializing in rare illustrated books. She later attended
    Hebrew University. A passionate life-long environmentalist, civil rights, and peace activist, she has also worked as an art historian, a fashion editor, a social worker, the host of "Art in Action' - a radio talk show, the program director of a community
    arts council, a contributing author to the Cousteau Society's Environmental Almanac, and Random House editor of educational books as well as children's books. When she took ill, Bobbi was readying for publication a collection of her 'Old Woman' poems for
    adult readers. Born into the Jewish faith, she was a long-time member of both the Woodstock Jewish Congregation and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, and referred to herself as a 'Jewnitarian'. While her unexpected illness came on
    with a vengeance, Bobbi often talked about her life as being well-lived, and was not afraid of death. Bobbi chose a Natural Burial site at Rosendale Plains Cemetery, in Tillson, NY. A Celebration of Life is planned for her 90th birthday and will take
    place in the Memorial Garden at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills in Kingston NY in May. Contributions in her name can be sent to Doctors Without Borders..."

    (this includes a longish profile/interview)

    (a few Kirkus reviews)

    (reader reviews)


    "I write only for children because I desperately want to return childhood to them......I hope to join those writers and artists who delight, sensitize, and give hope to children."

    (paywall - longish 2010 profile, with video)


    (career and booklist)

    (book covers)

    Under six other names, she's written a couple dozen books about the Care Bears, the Wuzzles, and the Popples.


    * I'll Build My Friend a Mountain, Scholastic Book Services (New York, NY), 1972.
    * Nothing but a Dog, Feminist Press (New York, NY), 1972.
    * Upside-Down and Inside-Out, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1973.
    * The Manifesto and Me--Meg, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1974.
    * 1,001 Words, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1974.
    * Rod and Reel Trouble, Albert Whitman (Morton Grove, IL), 1974.
    * Snow Bunny, illustrated by Michael Norman, Albert Whitman (Morton Grove, IL), 1976.
    * Volleyball Jinx, illustrated by Michael Norman, Albert Whitman (Morton Grove, IL), 1977.

    * (Selector) Bedtime Bear's Book of Bedtime Poems, illustrated by Dora Leder, Random House (New York, NY), 1983.
    * Birthday Bear's Book of Birthday Poems, illustrated by Louise Walton and Deborah Borgo, Random House (New York, NY), 1983.
    * Month by Month: A Care Bear Book of Poems, illustrated by Bobbi Barto, Random House (New York, NY), 1984.
    * Play with the Care Bears, illustrated by Bobbi Bardo, Random House (New York, NY), 1985.
    * A Popple in Your Pocket, and Other Funny Poems, illustrated by Joe Ewers, Random House (New York, NY), 1986.
    * Little Wrinkle's Surprise, illustrated by Guy Gilchrist, Happy House (New York, NY), 1987.
    * Peekaboo Animals, illustrated by Robin Kramer, Random House (New York, NY), 1989.
    * The Old Woman's Counting Book, illustrated by Pat Sustendal, Random House (New York, NY), 1989.
    * The Creepy, Crawly Book, illustrated by S.D. Schindler, Random House (New York, NY), 1989.
    * Poems for Small Friends, illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa, Random House (New York, NY), 1989.

    * The Care Bears and the Big Cleanup, illustrated by Richard Kolding, Random House (New York, NY), 1991.
    * Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Don't Do Drugs: A Rap Song, illustrated by Isidre Mones, Random House (New York, NY), 1991.
    * Ghosts and Goose Bumps: Poems to Chill Your Bones, illustrated by Debra Kogan Ray, Random House (New York, NY), 1991.
    * Puddle Wonderful: Poems to Welcome Spring, illustrated by Mary Morgan, Random House (New York, NY), 1992.
    * A Family Hanukkah, illustrated by Caryl Herzfeld, Random House (New York, NY), 1992.
    * Meet Nelson Mandela, Random House (New York, NY), 1995.
    * The Story of Hanukkah, illustrated by Linda Dockey Graves, Random House (New York, NY), 1995.
    * Germs! Germs! Germs!, illustrated by Steve Björkman, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1996.
    * The Story of Passover, illustrated by Diane Paterson, Random House (New York, NY), 1996.
    * Could We Be Friends?: Poems for Pals, illustrated by Joung Un Kim, Mondo (Greenvale, NY), 1997.
    * Truck Talk: Rhymes on Wheels, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1997.
    * Lots of Lice, illustrated by Steve Björkman, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1998.
    * American History Poem, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1998.
    * Make Way for Tooth Decay, illustrated by Steve Björkman, Scholastic New York, NY), 1999.

    * We the People: Poems, illustrated by Nina Crews, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 2000.
    * A Rumpus of Rhymes: A Book of Noisy Poems, illustrated by Susan Estelle Kwas, Dutton (New York, NY), 2001.
    * (Selector) Pocket Poems, illustrated by Marylin Hafner, Dutton (New York, NY), 2004.
    * Once around the Sun, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, Harcourt (Orlando, FL), 2006.
    * Trailblazers: Poems of Exploration, illustrated by Carin Berger, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 2007.
    * More Pocket Poems, 2009;
    * The Monsterologist: A Memoir in Rhyme, 2009.

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