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Sports! sports! sports! : a poetry collection
Hopkins, Lee Bennett.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [1999]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
A collection of poems celebrating the joy and anguish of baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, soccer, skating, swimming, and running races.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 0.5 42165.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.7 2 Quiz: 20841.

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Fly balls, hoop dreams, the finish line. Come celebrate the world of sports with Lee Bennett Hopkin's newest anthology of verse for beginning readers. Acclaimed poets Nikki Grimes, Myra Cohn Livingston, and J. Patrick Lewis are just a few members of the dream team gathered in this winning collection. With exuberant illustrations by Brian Floca, this Level 3 I Can Read Book is poetry in motion!

Author Notes

Lee Bennett Hopkins was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on April 13, 1938. Hopkins' education was rather sporadic, since he often had to care for his younger sister while his mother worked to support the family. As a child, Hopkins read little other than comic books and movie magazines until a teacher inspired in him a love of the theatre and, subsequently, of reading. Though Hopkins did well in his high school English courses, he did not enjoy other subjects and his grades in those were poor. Still, he had decided on an eventual career as a teacher and after graduating high school he began classes at the Newark State Teachers College, working several jobs in order to afford his tuition.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1960, Hopkins began teaching sixth grade at a public school in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. In his third year at Westmoreland School in Fair Lawn he became the school's resource teacher. Through the principal at his own school, Hopkins obtained a scholarship to pursue a master's degree at the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. While working toward this degree, which he received in 1964, Hopkins continued as Resource Teacher at Westmoreland. In 1966 he took a position as senior consultant for Bank Street College's new Learning Resource Center in the Harlem area of New York City. Hopkins also began writing articles on children's literature and the use of poetry in the classroom, which were published in journals such as Horn Book and Language Arts. With colleague Annette F. Shapiro he wrote Creative Activities for Gifted Children, his first book. In 1967 Hopkins received a Professional Diploma in Educational Supervision and Administration from Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Racial tension following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968 forced Hopkins and others to reluctantly leave Harlem. He then secured another position as a curriculum and editorial specialist at Scholastic, Inc. Hopkins' career as a writer progressed; more than two dozen of his books were published during his eight-years at Scholastic. In 1976 Hopkins quit his job at Scholastic in order to become a full- time writer and poetry anthologist. He has written or compiled more than seventy-five books for children and young adults, in addition to his professional texts and his numerous contributions to education and children's literature journals.

Apart from his many poetry anthologies and professional texts, Hopkins has also written young adult novels, children's stories, and non-fiction books for children. He hosted the fifteen-part children's educational television series Zebra Wings, and has also served as a literature consultant for Harper and Row's Text Division. Hopkins has won numerous honors and awards, including an honorary doctor of laws degree from Kean College in 1980 and the University of Southern Mississippi's Silver Medallion in 1989. His poetry autobiography, Been to Yesterdays, received both the Christopher Medal and a Golden Kite Honor. He has also received awards from Booklist, School Library Journal, The New York Times, The American Library Association and the American Booksellers Association. Hopkins founded the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award presented annually since 1993, and the Lee Bennett Hopkins/International Reading Association Promising Poet Award presented every three years since 1995.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 1^-3. Ice skating, baseball, and scuba diving are but three of the activities showcased in this collection of sports poetry, which includes work by editor Hopkins, Myra Cohn Livingston, Nikki Grimes, and others. The excitement, the sweet success, the thrill of competition are all here in the brief, lively poems, accompanied by equally lively cartoon-style artwork that bursts with action. Enlarged type and extra leading make the reading easier. Like Hopkins' Blast Off! Poems about Space (1995), this I Can Read Book is a good way to attract new readers to poetry. --Stephanie Zvirin

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-A pleasant collection that celebrates sports for the easy-reader set. Including works by Myra Cohn Livingston, Nikki Grimes, and Lillian Fisher, among others, the brief poems (some rhymed, some not) extol the joys and frustrations of participating in athletic pursuits. The cartoon illustrations present a medley of multicultural children running, skating, swimming, and even daydreaming in close coordination with the cheery text. All in all, this book will be greeted enthusiastically by those with a wholly athletic bent when poetry is assigned, but who are not yet ready for such gems as Arnold Adoff's Sports Pages (Lippincott, 1986) or Hopkins's Opening Days (Harcourt, 1996).-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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