About the author

I was born in New Hampshire and grew up there in a small in city, in a big yellow house with my large family. There were five children in all and I was the middle one. I was very lucky to have two loving parents who loved books and words. Whenever there was a holiday, my parents wanted poems for presents. So I started writing poems when I was young. You can find some of my poems in books today.

Some of my favorite childhood memories are of cuddling up reading with younger sisters and my mother in a big bed in the drafty house. My mother read beautifully and those were happy times. I always wanted to write a book that would give families the cozy feeling I had reading with my family.

My parents loved the world and took us on many trips where I saw people from different countries who fascinated me. When I grew up I wanted to live in a city so I could be with many kinds of people. So I found my way to New York!

I have taught English, poetry and other subjects to adults and children from all around the world. When I had my own children, my dream of writing for children began to take shape. My little boy loved books about cars and trucks and trains. I wrote Maxi the Little Taxi for him—but it was also for me. Maxi’s excitement about going around New York having adventures is also my excitement. I hope you enjoy Maxi the Little Taxi and other books that are on the way!

Selected Works

Picture Book Fiction
If you love cars with personality, you'll love Maxi the Little Taxi!
Poetry in Collections
Cheery, upbeat and accessible--and lovely to boot! Edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins. Starred Kirkus Review.
Lee Bennett Hopkins delivers an assortment of twenty spectacular poems about school--perfect for show-and tell!
Sixteen original poems that celebrate creativity--selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins.

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