Learn how to invite poet Bruce Lansky to your school!
Called “The King of Giggle Poetry” by his fans, Bruce
Lansky is the creator of the popular GigglePoetry website and
author/editor of humorous poetry books that have sold over three million copies.
Based in Minnesota,
Bruce has performed workshops and assemblies at more than 500 elementary and
middle schools from coast to coast and has been a featured speaker at scores of
reading and media conferences. Bruce teaches students how to write several
kinds of poems using rhyme and free verse. His interactive program gives
students a chance to create and perform poems. Students learn how much fun it
can be to read and write poetry. Students are so inspired, Bruce often receives
bags and boxes of poems and thank-you notes from students he has
inspired—sometimes before he’s even left the school!
Home: Minneapolis, MN
Travels to: Bruce travels nationally, but often visits the New York metro area, Colorado,
Arizona, and Florida.
Bruce is the author of: My Dog Ate My
Homework! (Meadowbrook Press) and If Pigs Could
Fly... And Other Deep Thoughts (Meadowbrook Press).
Bruce's work appears in: What I Did on My
Summer Vacation (Meadowbrook Press); I Hope I Don't
Strike Out! (Meadowbrook Press), I’ve Been Burping
in the Classroom (Meadowbrook Press); Peter, Peter,
Press); Oh My Darling,
Press); Miles of Smiles (Meadowbrook Press); Kids Pick the
Funniest Poems (Meadowbrook Press); A Bad Case of the
Press); No More Homework!
No More Tests! (Meadowbrook Press); Mary Had a Little
Jam (Meadowbrook Press); Rolling in the
Aisles (Meadowbrook Press); My Teacher’s In
Press); If Kids Ruled the
School; and The Best of Girls
to the Rescue
One Full-Day Visit (for schools within Minnesota): $1,000 plus travel expenses*
Half-Day Visit (for schools within Minnesota): $500 plus travel expenses*
Evening Event (for schools within Minnesota): $250 plus travel expenses
Two-Day Residency: $2,600 plus travel expenses
Three-Day Residency: $3,750 plus travel expenses
Evening Event: $400 plus travel expenses (available only when booked in
conjunction with a school visit)
*PLEASE NOTE: One-Day and Half-Day Visits are only
available within Minnesota.
All out-of-state visits must be a minimum of two full-days in length.
Team up with schools in your area to split the cost of the visit fee and travel
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Bruce Lansky is an internationally known poet and
anthologist. He has a passion for getting children excited about reading and
writing poetry. His respect for children is so great, they play an integral
part in choosing poems for his poetry collections. Not surprisingly, Lansky's
poetry books—including Mary Had a Little Jam, If Kids Ruled the
School, and Kids Pick the Funniest Poems—are currently among America's
best-selling children's poetry books. He is also the editor of the middle-grade
fiction anthology, The Best of Girls to the Rescue. Bruce is the creator
of GigglePoetry.com, the number one poetry
web site for kids. Called “The King of Giggle Poetry,” by his fans, Lansky’s
poetry books have sold over two million copies. Lansky has performed in more
than five hundred schools from coast to coast and has shared his creativity,
humor, and inspiration at scores of teacher conferences.
Click here to read an interview with Bruce Lansky!
Bruce’s interactive presentation style and entertaining
poems motivate children to read, perform, and write their own poetry. Bruce
gets children and their teachers involved in his programs by giving them
opportunities to suggest words or rhymes to complete poems and to perform poems
in front of the group. The positive reinforcement they receive from Bruce and
the audience motivates them to read and write more.
During four to six action-packed workshop sessions, “The King of
Giggle Poetry” teaches elementary- and middle-schoolers how to write many kinds
of rhymed and unrhymed poems. By the time he leaves a school, kids think
reading and writing poetry are fun. Teachers tell him that students who’d never
been interested in reading and writing suddenly can’t get their noses out of
Bruce offers two presentations when he visits schools. Equipped
with his guitar and wacky sense of humor, he usually kicks off the day with his
“Giggle Poetry Concert” an interactive and entertaining 45-minute large group
assembly for either the entire school or two groups broken into younger and
older students (i.e. K–2nd grade & 3rd–6th
grade). During the “Giggle Poetry Concert,” Bruce introduces himself and his
work, while simultaneously getting students (and teachers!) excited about
poetry with various poetry activities. Following the assembly, Bruce offers
smaller group poetry writing workshops (usually to one grade level at a time or
multiple classes grouped together), in which he talks about the relationship
between rhythm and rhyme. Using his own zany poetry as a springboard for
discussion, he’ll help students write original works.
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Mind Your Manners
Don't drum on the table.
Don't play with your food.
Don't talk while you're chewing;
it's terribly rude.
Don't leave the fridge open.
Don't slam the screen door.
Don't throw dirty laundry
all over the floor.
Don't fight with your brother.
Don't pull the cat's tail.
Don't open your big sister's
Don't pester your parents.
Don't stick out your tongue.
Don't do what your parents did
when they were young.
© 2000 by Bruce Lansky. Reprinted from If Pigs Could
Fly... And Other Deep Thoughts (Meadowbrook Press).
“It was a pleasure to meet Bruce. The teachers were so
happy to have him at our conference. Tell him to keep doing what he is doing!
He is fantastic!”
—Val VanHorssen, SDRC Conference Chair, 2009 South
Dakota Reading Council Conference, Sioux Falls, SD
“Bruce Lansky was the best author visit we've ever had—and
we've had lots!”
—Toni Ann Schmitt, Teacher, John
Elementary School, East Hampton, NY
“Bruce got the kids excited about writing. Sometimes we'll
have programs just for entertainment, but this fostered the kids' creativity as
well. There was a lot of audience participation. He got the kids and parents up
reciting the poems.”
—Holly Kirsten, Youth Services Librarian, Ashley Elementary School,
New Baltimore, MI
“The 2009 Illinois
Reading Council Conference, Reading!
Engage! Excite! Ignite!, was a huge success thanks to people like Bruce who
contributed so much to the excellent program. The 2009 IRC Planning Committee
appreciates his willingness to share his time and expertise with the teachers
I heard nothing but great comments about Bruce's presentations. We were
delighted to have him as a featured speaker this year at our conference.”
—Arlene Pennie, IRC Executive Director, 2009 Illinois Reading Council Conference, Springfield, IL
“All the teachers and students in our elementary schools
enjoyed Bruce Lansky's presentation immensely. The students are writing,
writing, and writing! Just what we had hoped for!”
—Dawn Ackley, Teacher, Adams
& Cleveland Elementary Schools,
Fergus Falls, MN
“The day was a huge success. Bruce had 'rock star'
—Rebecca Shoniker, Literacy Facilitator, Wesley Chapel
Elementary, Monroe, NC
“We really appreciated the writing sessions in which Bruce
taught the students how to count beats in a poem and determine rhythm. Our
students don't have enough opportunities to write, so this was great!”
—Dr. Judy Sweetman, "Author's Day"
Coordinator, Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA), Sioux City, IA
“We thank Bruce so much for being a part of the Colorado
Conference of the IRA this year. We truly enjoyed his singing, outrageous
poetry, and ability to make those around him smile! What a gift.”
—Patsy Thompson, Librarian, Bell Middle School,
“It was awesome because Mr. Lansky was funny, very funny!
I love his poems.”
—Nehemiah Rogers, Fourth
Grade Student, Jones Elementary School, Portage, IN
“Bruce Lansky's poetry is the only thing some of my 5th
and 6th grade students will read!”
—Mary Lou Benesch, Teacher, Dodge Elementary School,
“Bruce Lansky is easily the best author we've ever had in
—Laura Reiman, Media Specialist, Columbine Hills
“The kids, teachers—EVERYONE—absolutely loved what Bruce
did. I am so impressed that everyone, of all ages, was able to be successful
and involved with him. We had a wonderful day.”
—Nancy Martin, Teacher, Grover
School, Grover Beach,
“Bruce is the best author we’ve ever had at our school!”
—Loel Olson, 5th Grade Teacher, Luverne
Elementary School, Luverne, MN
“My students absolutely love Bruce’s books. Some of my
boys were very reluctant readers at the beginning of the year. When I read them
a couple of his poems and they started to giggle, I knew that I had them! They
—Etna Osetek, Starlight Cove
“Wow. Neat. The Bomb. Great. Cool. Zany. Awesome.
Fantastic. Unbelievable. Zowie. These are just a few of the words that the kids
used to describe Bruce. What a perfect way to celebrate writing. I'm looking
forward to next year and having him back.”
—Leslie Green, Rice
School, Maple Grove,
“I don't think we have had an author come to our school
who has made such a lasting impression. The students are wanting to write poems
in art, in music, and in their homerooms. There have been some really good
poems that have been written because of Bruce.”
—Jan Gallagher, Media Specialist, Rogers Elementary School,
“Bruce Lansky came to our school! What now? It will be
hard to find anyone to follow his act. Students, staff, and parents described
his visit as follows: He gave 100 percent to our students; he enjoys his work;
he was awesome, energetic, dynamic, enthusiastic, inspiring. Our circulation of
poetry has tripled since Mr. Lansky's visit. His Poetry Workshop motivated and
inspired our students’ curiosity about poetry. A huge thanks to Mr. Lansky for
coming to Heritage Elementary. We will remember him and his poems for a long
time. We hope to see him again someday.”
—Virginia Burns, Grapevine, TX
“Kids begin to realize that Lansky is in their world. It's
a world of logical, orderly nonsense and cheerful frankness that most grownups
have traded in for easy platitudes, cliches, and euphemisms—weak attempts,
perhaps, to make sense of the delightful, frightening, comforting nonsense that
is life. But their world is more fun—and probably more real and true.”
—Tribune, November 12, 2000, Detroit Lakes, MN
“Thanks for the fun and inspiring poetry lesson! We got so
busy creating rhymes after Bruce’s workshop that we forgot to go to gym!”
—Mary Christie Williams, Linden
Elementary School, Linden, NJ
“Since my tenure here, I remember no other individual
having such a positive influence on our students as Bruce did.”
—Sue Ann Wendover, Parkway
Elementary School, Miami, FL
“Bruce showed our students how reading poetry can enrich
—Maureen Granger, McCleery
Elementary School, Aurora, IL
“The children were enthralled. Bruce is truly a caring,
loving, and exciting author.”
—Debra Smith, Gashland
Elementary School, Kansas
“With Bruce's presence, a writing exercise becomes fun and
—John Calligan, Sherwood
Forest Elementary School,
Federal Way, WA
“Bruce makes the kids feel so special by the way he
includes them in his poetry.”
—Carol Larson, Mississippi Elementary School, Coon Rapids, MN
“Bruce Lansky's poetry inspires both teachers and
students. His poetry is a great way to help inspire children to become involved
and interested in their own writing. Long after his visit, the children
continued to read and write poetry. The children are still reciting their
favorite poems and, of course, laughing the whole time.”
—Creative Writing Teacher, Jersey
School, Jersey City, NJ
“Bruce was fantastic. He motivated some of our most
reluctant writers. Many went back to their classrooms eager to write poetry.”
—Teresa Joiner, West
“When Bruce Lansky speaks to you at a crowded conference,
he makes you feel like you’re the only person in the room. His attentiveness
and expertise inspire and entertain all who attend.”
—Kathy Froriep, Professor of Literacy, Monmouth University,
West Long Branch, NJ
“Bruce Lansky is easily the funniest poet on the planet”
—Georgia Reading Association
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