Jack Prelutsky has been making words rhyme for over forty years. His life as a poet came as a complete surprise to him, his family, friends, and teachers. He showed no early talent as a writer, and can recall only one occasion when he composed a poem during his school days. After the poem appeared in his junior high school yearbook, several boys ambushed him after school so Jack came to the conclusion that writing poetry was hazardous to his health.
That all changed in 1967 when Jack wrote his first book of humorous verse,AGopher In The Garden. Since then, he has published over seventy books of poetry, including The New Kid On The Block, Hooray For Diffendoofer Day!, The Dragons Are Singing Tonight, Awful Ogre's Awful Day, Scranimals, The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders, If Not For The Cat, What A Day It Was At School!, and Behold The Bold Umbrellaphant.
In 2006, the Poetry Foundation designated Jack as the nation’s first Children’s Poet Laureate.
Jack’s newest books are: The Swamps Of Sleethe; My Dog May Be A Genius;Pizza, Pigs & Poetry: how to write a poem (Jack’s first book of prose); Be Glad Your Nose Is On Your Face And Other Poems, and The Carnival Of The Animals.
Jack has also compiled several anthologies, beginning with the Random House Book Of Poetry For Children, continuing with The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury, and most recently, Read A Rhyme, Write A Rhyme.