J. Patrick Lewis

Author J. Patrick Lewis

J. Patrick Lewis worked as a professor of economics before devoting himself full-time to writing in 1998. Since then, Pat has authored more than seventy books for children and was recently named Children’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. His books include First Dog, Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles, The House, and Kindergarten Cat. Gulls Hold Up the Sky, his first book of adult poems, was published by Laughing Fire Press in 2010.

Pat has received numerous awards from the American Library Association, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, among others. He was the recipient of the 2010-2011 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Excellence in Children’s Poetry Award, presented every two years.

To learn more about Pat, visit him at There you’ll find information about his school visits, answers to frequently asked questions, and fun poems and riddles to entertain you.


Books by J. Patrick Lewis

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