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Mary Ann Hoberman is an American author of over 30 children's books.

Mary Ann Hoberman
Born (1930-08-12) August 12, 1930 (age 88)
Stamford, Connecticut[1]
OccupationChildren's Writer
EducationSmith College (BA in History), Yale University (MA in English Literature)
SpouseNorman Hoberman[1]



Early lifeEdit

Hoberman was born in August 1930, in Stamford, Connecticut, but because her father changed jobs frequently, her family moved to New York City, New Jersey, New Haven, Connecticut, and eventually back to Stamford. Hoberman had a love for books from a young age, although she had few growing up during the Great Depression. In high school, Hoberman worked on the school's newspaper and was the editor of the yearbook. The first woman in her family to attend college, Hoberman attended Smith College, majoring in History, where she worked on the school's newspaper. During her senior year at Smith College, she married Norman Hoberman.[1]

Professional lifeEdit

Hoberman co-founded a children’s theatre group called “The Pocket People”, as well as a group that performed dramatized poetry readings called “Women’s Voice” before she published her first book, All My Shoes Come in Twos, in 1957.[2] Many of Hoberman's books have been reviewed in multiple Academic Journals,[3] Magazines,[4] and Trade Publications.[5] From elementary to college level, Hoberman has visited schools and libraries throughout the country to teach literature and writing. One of Hoberman’s main concerns is literacy, which she furthers not only through her volunteer work with Literacy Volunteers of America,[2] but also through her You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You series. In 2003, Hoberman was named the second US Children’s Poet Laureate (now called the Young People's Poet Laureate) by the Poetry Foundation, where she served from 2008 to 2011.[6] Hoberman currently lives in Greenwich, Connecticut and has four children and five grandchildren with her husband Norman.[2]




  • All My Shoes Come in Twos (1957)
  • How Do I Go? (1958)
  • Hello and Good-by (1959)
  • What Jim Knew (1963)
  • Not Enough Beds for the Babies (1965)
  • The Looking Book (1973)
  • A Little Book of Little Beasts (1973)
  • The Raucous Auk: A Menagerie of Poems (1973)
  • Nuts to You & Nuts to Me: An Alphabet of Poems (1974)
  • I Like Old Clothes (1976)
  • Bugs (1976)
  • A House is a House for Me (1978)
  • Yellow Butter, Purple Jelly, Red Jam, Black Bread (1981)
  • The Cozy Book (1982)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Muddle (1988)
  • Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers: A Collection of Family Poems (1991)
  • A Fine Fat Pig, and Other Animal Poems (1991)
  • The Seven Silly Eaters (1997)
  • One of Each (1997)
  • Miss Mary Mack (1998)
  • The Llama Who Had No Pajama: 100 Favorite Poems (1998)
  • And to Think that We Thought that We'd Never be Friends (1999)
  • The Two Sillies (2000)
  • The Eensy-Weensy Spider (2000)
  • There Once Was a Man Named Michael Finnegan (2001)
  • Whose Garden is It? (2001)
  • It's Simple, Said Simon (2001)
  • You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together (2001)
  • The Marvelous Mouse Man (2002)
  • Right Outside My Window (2002)
  • Bill Grogan's Goat (2002)
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb (2003)
  • Yankee Doodle (2004)
  • You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together (2004)
  • The Wheels on the Bus (2005)
  • You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together (2005)
  • I'm Going to Grandma's (2007)
  • Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow (2007)
  • You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together (2009)
  • All Kinds of Families! (2009)
  • Strawberry Hill (2009)


  • My Song is Beautiful: Poems and Pictures in Many Voices (1994)
  • The Tree That Time Built: A Celebration of Nature, Science and Imagination (2009)


  1. ^ a b c d Ernst, Shirley B; McMlure, Amy A (Jan 2004). "A Poem is a House for Words: NCTE Profiles Mary Ann Hoberman". Language Arts. Urbana: National Council of Teachers of English Conference on College Composition and Communication. 81 (3): 254–259. ISSN 0360-9170. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Mary Ann Hoberman". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  3. ^ Cox, Ruth (February 2002). "Favorite Sing Alouds". Teacher Librarian. 29 (3): 12.
  4. ^ Giles, Rebecca M; Wellhousen, Karyn (November 2005). "Blocks and Books". Book Links. 15 (2): 57–61.
  5. ^ Devereaux, Elizabeth; Roback, Diane (3 February 1997). "Forecasts: Children's Books". Publishers Weekly. 244 (5): 106.
  6. ^ "Hoberman Named Kids' Poet Laureate". School Library Journal. 54 (11): 17. 1 November 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  7. ^ "A Video Interview with Mary Ann Hoberman". Reading Rockets. WETA Public Broadcasting. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Master Lists". National Outdoor Book Awards. Retrieved 13 November 2014.