Posted in A to Z Blog Challenge 2018

Y is for American Children’s Poet and Author Jane Yolen, #AtoZChallenge #ZtoA

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Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen, often called the “Hans Christian Andersen of America” had her 365th and 366th books published on March 6, 2018; A Bear Sat On My Porch Today (picture book in rhyme illustrated by Rilla Alexander) and Mapping the Bones (Holocaust novel in which one of the two main characters – they are twins – is a young poet and so some of his poems and partial poems are in the novel.) And yes – there was a big celebration for their publications. The majority of Jane’s books are poetry collections of her own poems (both for children and adults), anthologies of poems she has edited (for children and for adults), or picture books in poetry form (both rhymed and free verse.) She has won many, many awards. One of them set her good coat on fire.

Jane’s website is here.

(I’m very sorry to say I do not have an explanation of how an award resulted in a conflagration of Jane’s good coat, or film of it happening, but somehow I like the fact this is a mystery!)


Here is one of Jane’s wonderful poems:


Fat Is Not A Fairy Tale


I am thinking of a fairy tale,

Cinder Elephant,

Sleeping Tubby,

Snow Weight,

where the princess is not

anorexic, wasp-waisted,

flinging herself down the stairs.


I am thinking of a fairy tale,

Hansel and Great


Bounty and the Beast,

Where the beauty

has a pillowed breast,

and fingers plump as sausage.


I am thinking of a fairy tale

that is not yet written,

for a teller not yet born,

for a listener not yet conceived,

for a world not yet won,

where everything round is good:

the sun, wheels, cookies, and the princess.


© Jane Yolen (First published in the anthology Such A Pretty Face, ed. by Lee Martindale, Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc.; 1st MM Publishing Ed edition (June 8, 2000.)

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Award-Wining Children's Poet, Author, Wildlife and Climate enthusiast, NPD Ambassador, blogger and owner of Lola the retired alert dog and Paddy the alert dog in training. Books include CLiPPA shortlisted Being Me, Poems about Thoughts, Worries and Feelings, Editor of Shaping the World, Author of Be the Change, Apes to Zebras, The Same Inside, Reaching the Stars and Animal Magic. I visit schools, libraries, literary festivals via Zoom and give lessons on writing poetry for children. @Lizpoet

8 thoughts on “Y is for American Children’s Poet and Author Jane Yolen, #AtoZChallenge #ZtoA

  1. That poem was beautifully written and certainly ties in with the whole self-esteem and believing in yourself theme that I went with today. It is something of a work in progress for me – and maybe the more we hear about self acceptance, the better we will be able to practice it.

    Leanne |
    B for Believe in Yourself


  2. I love that you’re doing the challenge backwards!! I might try that next year. I love children’s lit and am trying to explore poetry more, so I’ll be following along!


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