Douglas Florian

Douglas Florian PK & K  Q&ADouglas Florian PK Ryan

Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 reading from his new book,                           How to Draw a Dragon by Douglas Florian

We welcomed poet and painter Douglas Florian on April 15th, thanks to the Joanne Chandler Mitchell Author Series.  Mr. Florian spent the day reading, reciting, and talking about the many different styles of poetry with students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5. The students learned about the various stages in the life of a book.  Mr. Florian explained how he moves from concept to a finished book ready to be published and sold. He discussed what an editor looks for when the writer and illustrator are one in the same, as well as how mixing the four main colors of yellow, red, blue, black can create many shades of ink colors used in his poetry books.

The Caterpillar
By Douglas Florian

The caterpillar’s not a cat.
It’s very small
And short and fat,
And with those beady little eyes
Will never win a beauty prize.
The caterpillar’s brain is small –
It only knows to eat and crawl.
But for this creepy bug don’t cry,
It soon will be a butterfly.

Grade 2 and Grade 3 and poet reciting The Caterpillar

Douglas Florian G4&5

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Douglas Florian G4&5 word play     Douglas Florian G4&5 Lars

Grade 4 and Grade 5 interactive poetry reading followed by Q&A

Douglas Florian AF & BZ Douglas Florian (c) in the Terry Library                                                                                     with Barbie Zinkovich (r) and Amy Fish (l)

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