Happy Birthday Brian P. Cleary!
Children’s author and poet, Brian P. Cleary was born on this day, October 1st, 1959. Born in Lakewood Ohio, he is the third oldest of nine children. Dr. Suess and other books that were written in rhyme were some of his childhood favorites. Brian was a quiet boy who liked to day dream. When he was in third grade he discovered the power of words through poetry.
Brian is sometimes referred to as a “word nerd” and believes that children can have fun learning and teachers and parents can have fun teaching, using humor. Many of his children’s books are written with humorous word play, to explain and teach about parts of speech. Over two million of his books are in print.
Brian is a humorist, writer and poet who began his professional career when he sold a joke to a Cleveland radio station in the fifth grade. He attended John Carroll University where he received a communications degree. Besides writing books for children and visiting schools, he is currently a Senior Editor on the Humor Staff for American Greetings. He lives in Cleveland Ohio.
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