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Lollipopsicles: Multiple-award-winning Children's Poetry Book​

Written by Gretchen Kelbaugh and illustrated by J.O. Pennanen

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28 pages, paperback. $10 includes federal tax but shipping is extra.


- Before publication, the poems won First in Children's Literature in the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick competition, 1993.

- Chosen by the New Brunswick Provincial Committee of Born to Read , 2000.

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Chosen by the Canadian Children's Book Centre (2003)

Each year the CCBC publishes Best Books for Kids and Teens (formerly "Choice" winners). In 2003 Lollipopsicles shared this honour with only four other books of poetry, including ones by Robert Louis Stevenson and Dennis Lee.

"Whether you're stocking a bookshelf in a classroom, library or at home, every title in this guide has been given the Canadian Children's Book Centre's stamp of approval."

Expert committees of educators, booksellers, school and public librarians from across Canada have handpicked the materials listed below. Committees look for excellence in writing, illustration or performance. Most importantly, these committees focus on selecting materials that will appeal to children and young adults."

- excerpted from Canadian Children's Book Centre website 


Resource Links: Connecting Classrooms, Libraries & Canadian Learning Resources. Rating : E (excellent, enduring, everyone should see it!). See Critical Acclaim, below.

"I absolutely loved your book of poems as a child, and now I'd like to share them with my nephews."

      - Kathleen Farquhar, Fredericton, Canada. 2017

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Critical Acclaim

"Technically perfect nonsense, tongue-twisting of lipslippery fun. Lollipopsicles will entertain and celebrate the delicious of language."

- Sheree Fitch, a leading Canadian children’s author

“This poet has the wonderful ability to access the mind of a child, while using the structural and poetic techniques of a mature writer of great talent.”

- Welwyn Wilton Katz, 1988 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature

“The poems are imaginative and delightful, while using language in interesting ways and having a sound poetic structure…. The bright, cheerful illustrations are just what the poems need to bring them to life.”

- Resource Links: Connecting Classrooms, Libraries & Canadian Learning Resources”. Rating: E (excellent, enduring, everyone should see it!)

"...these verses are deliciously illustrated by J. O. Pennanen — and remind us where our addiction to words and stories first began."

- Saltscapes: canada's east coast magazine

"...earthy, tongue-pleasing poems...."

-The New Brunswick Reader

"Rhythmic rhymes about monsters, kittens, toys, games and lollipops have all escaped from Gretchen Kelbaugh's imagination and combined with J.O. Pennanen's fanciful illustrations to make a delightful verbal romp, reminiscent of Dennis Lee, as well as Sheree Fitch."

- Atlantic Books Today

".... bright and imaginative illustrations are sure to attract any youngster."

- Times & Transcript

"Quispamsis author's poetry will delight children of all ages."

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