hotTEAs of Children’s Poetry: Alan Katz

Alan Katz is the author of more than 35 books for kids, including nine Silly Dilly Songbooks (Take Me Out of the Bathtub), poetry collections (OOPS!), picture books, and more. He is also a six-time Emmy nominee (and loser) for his work on various animated series and The Rosie O’Donnell Show.

 

☕ CUPPA OF CHOICE: My favorite hot beverage is coffee (regular or decaf, no real preference) with milk (1%, 2%, whole, whatever). No sweetener! And…fun fact…I have never, never, truly never had a cup of tea. Simply can’t stand the smell! Really. Really, really.

☕ HOT OFF THE PRESSES: The Day the Mustache Took Over, illustrated by Kris Easler (Bloomsbury, 2015) — My first middle grade book, all about the exploits of my real-life twins Nathan and David! Forthcoming: The Day the Mustache Came Back (Bloomsbury, July 2016), and That Stinks!: A Punny Show-and-Tell, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin (Simon & Schuster, July 2016).

☕ FAVE FOODIE CHILDREN’S BOOK: Future Chefs: Recipes by Tomorrow’s Chefs Across the Nation and the World by Ramin Ganeshram (Rodale, 2014). 

☕ Visit Alan Katz’s Official Website

☕ JUST ONE MORE SIP: A funny poem by Alan😀

 

CH-CH-CH-CHECK, PLEASE

I only eat foods that begin with “c-h”

Like chicken and churros and chili.

If you’re cooking dinner and there’s no “c-h”

then trying to feed me is silly.

 

Today I had chocolate and churros and chips,

chimichangas and chow mein and cheese.

Tonight, chunky chowder is the only choice–

(Mom is out of “c-h” recipes).

 

She ordered a cookbook,

that’s coming tomorrow;

Mom promised great foods she’ll be makin’

It will be a menu of new “c-h” treats–

Like chmeatloaf! Chomelets! Chbacon!

 

(From Poems I Wrote When No One Was Looking, S&S 2011)

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☕☕ CAN’T GET ENOUGH: 

☕☕☕ WHEN YOU’RE HOT, YOU’RE HOT!

 

 

☕☕☕☕ CAN’T STOP NOW! ONE LAST (I HOPE!) CUP OF SERIOUS SILLINESS: Alan recites a couple of silly dilly poems for KidLit TV:

 

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6 thoughts on “hotTEAs of Children’s Poetry: Alan Katz

  1. Thanks for introducing me to Alan Katz–I was totally unaware of his work & will remedy that situation ASAP.

    But I have to say as a tea lover, Alan’s obviously not smelling the right kind ;)! My favorite tea is a loose-leaf German black tea–it smells of oranges and cornflowers–just lovely!

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  2. HAHAHAHA! Oh, bad, bad, Jama. I was immediately thinking, “But chai!!!!”

    THIRTY-FIVE books!? Wow. I knew about the Silly Songs, but clearly have missed some! Viva the funny hotTeas!

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