Mary Ann Hoberman
Hoberman is the author of 45 books, all but one of which is in verse. Her first book of poems, All My Shoes Come in Two’s, was illustrated by her husband. Some of her best-known titles are A House is a House for Me, The Seven Silly Eaters, and The Llama Who Had No Pajama, a collection of one hundred of her favorite poems. Her poems have been widely anthologized and her books have been translated into several languages. She is the recipient of a National Book Award and the 2003 Poetry for Children Award of the National Council of Teachers of English. A former volunteer with Literacy Volunteers of America, Hoberman made literacy one of her primary concerns, writing the best-selling You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You series. She has taught from elementary through college levels and visits schools and libraries nationwide, sharing her poems and the joys of reading.
Hoberman served as the US Children's poet laureate from 2008 to 2011. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with her husband Norman, an architect and sculptor, in a house that he designed. They have four children and five grandchildren.
Articles About MARY ANN HOBERMAN
Audio & PodcastsPoetry Off the Shelf
The Child is Mother to the Poet
Hear Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman on her trade secret: total recall of childhood.
VideoChildren's Poet Laureate Presents
- Children’s Poet Laureate Presents: All My Shoes Come in Twos
Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman reads from her first collection, All My Shoes Come in Twos.
- Children’s Poet Laureate Presents: I Like Old Clothes
Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman reads her collection I Like Old Clothes.
- Children’s Poet Laureate Presents: Laughing Time
Mary Ann Hoberman reads from William Jay Smith's Laughing Time (Little, Brown, 1953), a favorite children's poetry collection of the Poet Laureate and her family.
- Children’s Poet Laureate Presents: The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear
Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman reads from The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear.
- Tea with Cherries
Although she moved frequently as a child, Mary Ann Hoberman always found comfort in her large extended family.
LIFE SPAN 1930–