Some Interesting Facts About Douglas Florian:
- Douglas was born and still lives in New York
with his family.
- His dad was an artist and his home was like
an art museum with paintings, drawings, and sculptures all around.
- He studied art at Queens College and the School
of Visual Arts in New York.
- Florian began ilustrating books in 1977
and he wrote and illustrated his first book A BIRD CAN FLY in 1980.
- Douglas was an artist before he was a writer.
It took him about ten years before he found that "poetry was his niche."
- He began writing poetry after he bought a book of poems
called Oh That's Ridiculous, edited by William Cole. The poems in the book were so funny that he began writing
his own poems. He wrote over 300 poems that summer.
- He won the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award and received
an ALA Notable Children's Book Award for BEAST FEAST.
- Florian states, "I love to write and I love to
paint, but for some reason I hate to do them both the same day or even the same week. Perhaps writing occupies one part of
the brain and painting another; each requires a different way of thinking and seeing."
- Douglas has three children that he uses
more as a springboard for his poems. He figures that if his children don't think something is funny or well done, how
can he expect someone else's children to.
- He states that he doesn't choose his subjects, his subjects choose him.
"Whatever tickles my fancy or bangs my funny bone I approach with vim, vigor, or vice versa."
According to Douglas Florian...
Links to Douglas Florian web sites:
Sources for Bibliographic Information:
Janeczko, Paul B. 2002. SEEING THE BLUE BETWEEN: ADVICE
AND INSPIRATION FOR YOUNG POETS. Cambridge:
Candlewick Press. ISBN: 0763608815.
Douglas Florian. HarperTeacher.com. Available from: http://www.harperchildrens.com/teacher/catalog/author_xml.asp?authorID=16495 Accessed 27 June 2005.
Gaines, Luan. Interview With Douglas Florian. Curled Up With A
Good Kids Book. 2005. Available from:
Accessed 27 June 2005.