8 September 1940
Jack Prelutsky is an American poet and children's author. He was born in New York City in 1940 and began writing poetry as a young man. He is best known for his playful, imaginative, and humorous verse, which often features whimsical characters, puns, and rhyme. His collections of poetry, including "A Gopher in the Garden" and "The New Kid on the Block," have earned him a reputation as one of America's foremost poets for children. Over the course of his career, Prelutsky has been honored with numerous awards, including the prestigious Children's Poet Laureate from 2006-2008. He continues to inspire young readers and write poetry that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.